Nationwide One Million Smoothie Giveaway

Ave Maria – Tropical Smoothie Cafe announced its One Million Smoothie Giveaway this month, after donating over 200,000 smoothies in April to the frontline heroes in the COVID-19 pandemic. Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s newest goal is to give away 1 million free smoothies to guests across the country, with the hope of spreading smiles everywhere they […]

Curbside service at the library

Naples – Limited curbside pickup is available at six Collier County Public Library locations Book Drops Open at All Locations On Monday, May 11, curbside service will resume for previously requested items. Monday, May 18, new requests will be available via the website or telephone. Library staff will contact patrons when reserves are ready for […]

The People of U.S. Sugar Once Again Providing 5,000 Crates of Sweet Corn to Florida Families with Assistance from Pioneer Growers, Duda Farm Fresh Foods and Cheney Brothers

Clewiston, FL – As our vegetable harvest season winds down, the people of U.S. Sugar announced today they will make another large contribution of 5,000 crates of Florida-grown Glades sweet corn to families across Southwest and South Florida starting tomorrow in cooperation with Pioneer Growers, Duda Farm Fresh Foods and Cheney Brothers. The recently harvested […]

Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee joins the #GivingTuesdayNow Global Day of Giving

NAPLES — Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee is responding to meet the needs of the children and families it serves by joining the #GivingTuesdayNow movement in a Global Day of Giving. Funds raised through this campaign will support the Changing the Path Program, providing critical early education opportunities to the impoverished community of Immokalee. […]

Blessings in a Backpack to distribute food to children at First Florida Integrity Bank branches

Bank donates $10,000 to help feed the children FORT MYERS – The generosity of the Southwest Florida community continues to flow as Blessings in a Backpack SWFL will now be able to distribute packaged meals to 500 more children on Fridays in Collier County starting Friday, May 1. Thanks to the kindness of First Florida […]

100,000 Smoothie Challenge

Tropical Smoothie Café at 5072 Annunciation Circle – Suite # 101, Ave Maria, FL. 34142 is participating in the nationwide 100,000 smoothie challenge in support of first responders. So far they have been around to six establishments in the area and have given north of 250 smoothies. The shop is continuing their efforts until they […]

Panic Planting during this pandemic: Modern Victory Gardens

Victory Gardening was a movement that began during World War I, where Americans worked to plant and grow food however they could. The goal was to promote self-sufficiency, growing and harvesting your own fruits and vegetables no matter how small the space available, in a time when food supplies were threatened. This continued through World […]

Guest Commentary: The day South Florida agriculture died

By Gene McAvoySpecial to the Immokalee BulletinIMMOKALEE — “Up to the end of February our growers were having a banner year, and it looked like this season would be one of those home runs that come around every 5-6 years.” Here is a report that I prepared on the state of South Florida agriculture and […]

Blessings in a Backpack offering weekend meals at Grab & Go locations

Monetary donations urgently needed to feed school children FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 16, 2020) – Responding to the tremendous demand for food as families struggle because of the coronavirus, Blessings in a Backpack of Southwest Florida is partnering with several organizations to provide meals at several Grab & Go locations throughout Lee County. Families are […]

Hatching Butterflies to pass the time

Raising butterflies is a unique and educational experience that every child, and even adults, can enjoy. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life. Not to mention that butterfly metamorphosis is a truly incredible transformation to behold, no matter what age you are. It’s also a timely activity that […]