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“Grab and Go” Meal Pick Up Sites in Southwest Florida

Breakfast and lunch will be served together in a single bag. The meals are free for anyone 18 years of age and under. Each child must be present at the pick-up location to receive a “Grab & Go” bag. The meals will be available for pick-up between 9:00 am and 11:00 am at the following schools. Lee County Meal Pick Up Sites East Zone Gateway Elementary Lehigh Acres Elementary Manatee Elementary Mirror Lakes Elementary Orange

Important Updates from Blessings in a Backpack SWFL

Blessings in a Backpack SWFL COVID-19 Response Effort In these uncertain times, we want to reach out to you about what we are doing here at Blessings in a Backpack to support the children in our programs. As the situation around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we are doing everything we can to address conditions as they arise. Who will feed the kids while the schools are closed? There is no one-size-fits-all solution; options

Naples businesses join together to feed 500 Golden Gate children

Students at Golden Gate Elementary School will be the beneficiaries of generous hearts as employees of Premiere Plus Realty in Naples and Movement Mortgage partner to pack 500 meals for the children as part of a strategic corporate program offered by Blessings in a Backpack SWFL. As part of their Premiere Plus Realty Cares program supporting local charities, the two businesses paid for the meals and approximately 60 employees wearing PPR shirts, will join together

Back-to-school reminder: Food is the most essential school supply

Paper. Pencils. A ruler. Food probably isn’t what comes next on anybody’s list, but Blessings in a Backpack SWFL is out to change that. The organization that feeds hungry children on the weekends is proclaiming food as the most essential school supply. “Children can’t do much in the classroom without food to fuel them,” said Cecilia St. Arnold, executive director of Blessings in a Backpack SWFL. “We’re getting the whole community behind us to give

Blessings in a Backpack SWFL extends charitable reach

Southwest Florida is rallying to feed hungry children. Blessings in a Backpack SWFL this year served more children than all but one other local chapter of the nationwide nonprofit organization that serves 87,300 children in nearly 1,092 schools across 45 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The Southwest Florida program gave more than 4,300 elementary school students in Lee and Collier counties nutritious, kid-friendly meals to take home on the weekends, a time frame

Blessings in a Backpack to host Breakfast of Champions

Blessings in a Backpack and Champions 4 Children are partnering to feed underprivileged children in Southwest Florida and show them they can overcome difficulty to become champions in life. Nearly two dozen sports champions will deliver messages of hope, determination and inspiration to the children, who’ll receive a free breakfast and also get to meet Tony the Tiger of Frosted Flakes fame. Cheerleaders from Cypress Lake High School will be on hand to help introduce

Blessings in a Backpack receives donations worth more than $150K

Blessings in a Backpack SWFL recently received three generous donations from area organizations that will go toward feeding Lee County children next school year. The Bobby Nichols Charity Foundation at Fiddlesticks presented Blessings Executive Director Cecilia St. Arnold with a check for $127,000. The money will help feed over 1,200 students at Colonial Elementary School and James Stephens Academy. The League Club Inc. presented St. Arnold with a check for $15,000 that will be used

Blessings in a Backpack named SWFL Wine & Food Fest beneficiary

The fight against childhood hunger just received a major boost. Southwest Florida Children’s Charities Inc. has chosen the local chapter of Blessings in a Backpack as a new beneficiary of the 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. The annual event has raised more than $25 million for children since it began in 2008. “We’re thrilled to become a part of this cornerstone fundraising endeavor for our community,” said Cecilia St. Arnold, executive director of

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Charity golf tournament to feature top SWFL club players

The top private club golfers in Southwest Florida will soon square off in a new charity competition. The Coastal Club Classic brings together the two best qualifiers from 36 clubs around the region for a one-day shamble-style golf event to feed hungry children. It begins with a shotgun start on Friday, May 3 at the Club at Olde Cypress in North Naples. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Southwest Florida chapter of Blessings in

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Blessings in a Backpack SWFL and Vera Bradley surprise Tice students

Hundreds of students went home with a smile on their face, a trendy backpack and a memory they won’t forget. Blessings in a Backpack Southwest Florida and Vera Bradley surprised Tice Elementary School students on Monday. Aug. 27 with a carnival featuring games, bounce houses, popcorn and more. Emmy-nominated “Dancing with the Stars” choreographer Witney Carson attended the event and helped distribute more than 600 Vera Bradley backpacks. The national luggage and handbag design company

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