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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
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 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 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
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
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
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
“Happy New Year” to all the supporters, donors and teachers who support Blessings in a Backpack of SWFL! It’s a long way until January, but for us, this time of year is our new year. Lee County school doors open on Friday, Aug. 10 and Collier schools open on Wednesday, Aug. 15th. This means that once again, over 60,000 food-insufficient children in our area will be returning to school. This summer, these children were provided
First Florida Integrity Bank announced today the beneficiaries of its 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament.  Pathways Early Education (formerly known as Immokalee Child Care Center) and Blessings in a Backpack of SWFL will split the proceeds raised at this year’s tournament.  The tournament will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Hideout Golf Club with a shotgun start at 1:00pm. Lunch and hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Please contact Alyssa Haney at 239-325-3868 for
We are so excited to be partnering with Champions 4 Children again this year to feed underprivileged children in Southwest Florida and show them they can overcome difficulty to become champions in life. More than a dozen sports champions will deliver messages of hope, determination and inspiration to more than 200 children, who’ll receive a free breakfast and also get to meet Tony the Tiger of Frosted Flakes. Cheerleaders from Cypress Lake High School will