CCCR is pleased to announce that we have received a $10,000 Empty Bowls Naples Grant! Empty Bowls Naples awards the grant to organizations that help fulfill their mission of addressing food insecurity in the community. The funds will be used to help provide over 85,000 healthy meals annually (breakfast, lunch, and snacks), free of charge, to the 150 young children that we serve annually at Child’s Path and Little Wonders.
Empty Bowls Naples is an annual fundraiser started by a group of volunteers under the leadership of Donna Torrance and her Barron Collier High School students in an effort to help fight hunger in their community. The “Empty Bowls Project” is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. The mission is to create positive and lasting change through the arts, education and projects that build community. The event benefits local organizations that provide food to those in need as well as providing grants to the organization for the purchase of food.
Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) provides partial tuition assistance for high-quality early childhood care and education to low-income families that struggle to afford childcare and whose children are at a high risk of starting kindergarten behind their peers. CCCR operates four early childhood development centers in Collier County, and over 80% of the children enrolled receive tuition assistance. CCCR’s Healthy Tummies Initiative promotes healthy social, cognitive, and motor development in these young children. Meals are made from scratch with only fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. CCCR’s program offers meals children traditionally favor made with no added trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, added nitrates, added MSG, artificial colors or artificial flavors.
“We are very grateful to Empty Bowls Naples; these grant monies will have a direct impact upon the children who attend our programs at Child’s Path and Little Wonders. We believe that instilling healthy eating habits at a young age will make a lasting difference throughout our children’s lives and provide long-term community impact.”
~Niccole Howard, CCCR Executive Director/CEO