Program gets money for schools

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Community Coffee Company representative Sonny Buckelew delivered $525 to St. Joan of Arc and $987 to Riverside Academy for participating in the Community Cash for Schools™ program.

This year, through the Cash for Schools program, Community coffee customers have helped raise more than $300,000 for schools across the Gulf Coast region with more than 700 schools signed up to participate this year. In addition to the $300,000, Community Coffee Company awarded $10,000 to a randomly selected school just for signing up to be a part of the Cash for Schools program. The winner was St. Catherine’s of Siena in Metairie,  La. Over the past 19 years, participating schools have earned more than $3.5 million through the program.

“We are very pleased that the Cash for Schools program provides our customers and employees an easy way to improve local education in their own communities,” said Matt Saurage, fourth-generation president and owner of Community Coffee Company.  “We would like to thank all of the teachers, volunteers and parents involved in coordinating this program in their local schools.”

Every year since 1989, Community Coffee Company has given money to participating schools in exchange for UPCs, or bar codes, from Community brand products as well as CC’s Community Coffee House receipts, which are accepted as UPCs.  The schools save their UPCs and receipts throughout the year, and then send them to the company by January 31.  Schools will be receiving their Cash for Schools checks in either March or April.

Any school interested in joining the Community Cash for Schools program should log on to and follow the simple registration instructions on the website.  Schools without Internet access can call the company’s Customer Service Department at 1-800-525-5583.