Community Coffee customers help raise money for schools

Staff reports
Haley Hill, Ashlyn Stewart, Carol Smith, Ashlyn Stewart, Prairieville Primary principal, Zachary Smith, Blake Nassar, and Grant Chan are shown with check from the Community Cash for Schools program. The school plans to use the money for playground equipment and technology.

BATON ROUGE – Local Community Coffee Company representative Gregory Aldridge delivered $2,069 to Oak Grove Primary School and $1,817 to Prairieville Primary School for participating in the Community Cash for Schools™ program. 

“For the past 20 years, the Cash for Schools program has given schools the opportunity to earn money for items such as new textbooks, computers, playground equipment, and even a natural bird sanctuary for a science class,” said Matt Saurage, president and fourth-generation family owner of Community Coffee Company.

Every year since 1989, Community Coffee Company has given money to participating schools in exchange for UPCs, or bar codes, from Community® brand products.  Over the past 20 years, participating schools have earned more than $4 million through the program.

This year, in addition to the Cash for Schools program, Community Coffee Company invited all students in kindergarten through sixth grade to submit hand-drawn art for the front of Community Coffee Company’s 90th birthday card to help the company celebrate its 90th anniversary in April. 

Over 1,200 students throughout the Gulf Coast participated in the contest.

Any school interested in joining the Community Cash for Schools program should log on to and follow the registration instructions. 

If Internet access is unavailable, schools can call the company’s Customer Service Department at 1-800-525-5583.

Bridgett Hudson, Oak Grove Primary School assistant principal, Gregory Aldridge, Community Coffee, and Terri Tate, principal are shown with check received from the Community Cash for Schools program. The school plans to use the money to purchase student materials.