CCCR is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 Empty Bowls Naples Grant. Empty Bowls Naples awards this grant to organizations that help fulfill their mission of addressing food insecurity in the community. CCCR is one of five organizations to receive the grant, and funds will be used to help provide over 100,000 healthy meals annually (breakfast, lunch, and snacks), free of charge, to the 200 young children CCCR serves annually at Child’s Path and Little Wonders.
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 75% of the children enrolled receive tuition assistance. CCCR’s Wholesome 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.
Empty Bowls Naples Grants monies come from proceeds of the 2018 Empty Bowls Naples event, which raised a total of 173K to aid anti-hunger organizations in our community. The Empty Bowls Naples organization enlists the creative talents of local potters, artists, educators, students, and volunteers to create handcrafted and painted bowls. Attendees of the Empty Bowls Naples event, held each January, select a handcrafted bowl and enjoy soups from 50 local restaurants.
Niccole Howard, CCCR Executive Director/CEO says, “Thanks 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.”