On Saturday, April 6, 2019, the Fort Myers Police Department C.O.A.C.H. (Community Outreach Against Child Hunger) fundraiser at Millennial Brewery raised a total of $11,543.00 and hundreds of non-perishable food items.
Coordinated by Sergeant Jackie Garrett, C.O.A.C.H. is an outreach campaign by the FMPD to supply food for underprivileged students of Franklin Park Elementary and their families. The program started in the Summer of 2018. It has since grown to include surrounding residents to help alleviate some of the hunger issues children face daily, especially with school closing for the summer recess.
Without school in session, kids will not receive a free hot breakfast or lunch. Sgt. Garrett and her volunteers seek to distribute nutritious snacks to children in low income areas over the summer to make up for meals they will not get when school is closed.
C.O.A.C.H. is always seeking volunteers and donations of non-perishable food and money to replenish their supplies and increase their distribution. Sgt. Garrett plans to continue fundraising events, ideally every six months. Businesses are encouraged to donate gift certificates or products for the next silent auction.
Anyone interested in donating or giving their time can contact Sgt. Garrett by email at email@example.com.