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Fort Myers Police Department launch child hunger campaign titled "C.O.A.C.H."

Posted: 5:17 PM, Aug 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-16 21:17:04Z

FORT MYERS, Fla. --- Fort Myers Police Department launches a program to help eliminate hunger in local elementary school. 

The Community Outreach Against Child Hunger or "C.O.A.C.H," is the brainchild of officers Jackie Garrett and Megan Pare of the Fort Myers Police Department. The program is designed to tackle the direct correlation between juvenile crime and delinquency; hunger. 

Officers along with local community organizations have partnered with Franklin Park Elementary and its principal, Michelle Freeman, to supply a week of daily dinners for family's at the end of each month throughout the school year. 

Organizers say their goal is to start with 50 families at an estimated cost of $20 each. 

To kick off the campaign, a launch party will be held on Friday, September 7th at Millennial Brewing Company on Royal Palm Avenue in Fort Myers. The event is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

The event is free and is open to the public. Attendees are being asked to bring non-perishable to the event. The event will also feature a silent auction and door prizes, with proceeds going to fund the "C.O.A.C.H" program and Franklin Park Elementary students. 

For more information or to donate contact Officer Jackie Garrett at jagrrett@fmpolice.com or Officer Megan Pate at mpate@fmpolice.com.