The Blessings in a Backpack program steps-up by feeding children on the weekend. Every Friday afternoon, children receive backpacks filled with kid-friendly, ready-to-eat items. Students return every Monday morning with an empty backpack, a full stomach, and an eager mind. In the schools we work with in Lee and Collier County, test scores, reading skills, positive behavior, general health, and attendance have improved dramatically as a result of children getting the nourishment they need.
We believe that no child should have to face the weekend — 65 hours — not knowing when he or she will eat next. We rely on private donors like you to help eliminate hunger in southwest Florida. As a Blessings in a Backpack donor, you help make hunger-free weekends a reality for children facing food insecurity. A $100 donation will feed a child for one full school year! Donations of all sizes can be made online or via mail to P.O. Box 61402 Fort Myers, Fl 33906. All contributions are tax-deductible.
HUNGER IN SWFL
When we think of hungry children, we think of developing nations. It can be hard to imagine those problems exist here in our community. In southwest Florida, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for parents to feed their children. Inflation, job-loss, and low wages are very real challenges for many parents. In some cases parents work jobs with wages so low they can’t afford to buy groceries. Blessings in a Backpack works to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children who would go hungry.