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CAN IT! Campaign food drive kicks off

By Staff | Oct 17, 2019

Non-perishable and canned food donations are being sought from the community this year to make the ninth annual CAN IT! Campaign food drive a success for Community Cooperative.

Samantha Scott, president of Pushing the Envelope, Inc., a Fort Myers based marketing communication firm, said they started the campaign right around the time of the recession when there were so many people who had lost their job and had a real need for food. When pairing that with feeding the homeless, who were already struggling, there was a much greater demand.

The campaign received the name “CAN IT” because they wanted to put hunger in its place.

“Nine years later we are still working with that,” Scott said. “We have a lot of new partners this year, and we are excited to see what happens.”

The campaign kicked off Tuesday and will run through Friday, Nov. 15.

Community Cooperative’s wish list includes peanut butter and jelly; Hamburger Helper; canned tuna; chicken; ham; roast beef; Tuna Helper; Chicken Helper; macaroni and cheese; pasta and pasta sauce. A complete list of food items is available at CommunityCooperative.com, or GetPushing.com/CAN-IT.

Those who do not want to shop and drop off donations, can donate through the Amazon Pantry and have items delivered to the Pushing the Envelope, Inc. office.

Communications Coordinator Annelise Przywara said more than 10,000 pounds of food has been collected since the campaign’s inception.

“Over the years we have always set a goal. It varies each year. We always hit that goal,” she said.

Scott said it is incredibly humbling to collect that much food for Community Cooperative.

“It speaks to the spirit of giving throughout Southwest Florida. People, businesses and organizations come together to support this cause. It’s really special to be a part of that. It shows you can start with one small idea and it can make an impact,” she said.

This year, Scott said they have set a goal of 1,000 food items.

“We felt that was a number we could meet and exceed,” she said.

The dropoff locations for canned food and non-perishable items in Cape Coral include Around the Clock Fitness, 1140 Ceitus Terr., Suite 8; Consumer Roofing Industries, 715 N.E. 19th Place, Unit 45; Lee County Election Offices, 1039 S.E. 9th Ave.; Rose Quartz Nail Studio, 3724 Del Pardo Blvd. S, Suite 5 and Your CBD Store, 1532 S.E. 47th St.

The locations in Fort Myers include Pushing the Envelope, Inc, 9111 West College Point Dr., Suite 110; Around the Clock Fitness, 1755 Boyscout Drive Suite 4, 9375 Ben C. Pratt/Six Mile Cypress Parkway Unit 120 and 16970 Alico Mission Way; Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, 2310 Edwards Dr.; Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, 8961 Conference Dr.; McGriff Insurance Services, 13515 Bell Tower Dr., Suite 101; Lee County Elections Offices, 2480 Thompson St., 3rd floor and 13180 S. Cleveland Ave.; IBERIABANK, 7580 Winkler Road.; Safe Harbor Community Church, 12960 Plantation Road.; The Parts House, 10995 Metro Parkway.; Yoga Bird, 1400 Colonial Blvd. Unit 61 and Your CBD Store, 4144 Cleveland Ave.

For a complete list of drop off locations, visit www.getpushing.com/CAN-IT.

Businesses which would like to participate in the CAN IT! Campaign as a drop off location can call (239) 221-2858, or email juliana@getpushing.com.

“We are always looking for more locations,” Scott said.