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A dozen entrepreneurs, community leaders and experts in their fields have teamed up to fight childhood hunger in Southwest Florida. The 2018 Advisory Board for Blessings in a Backpack carries a wealth of professional and philanthropic experience into the effort to feed the 60,000 local elementary school students who struggle to get the food they need over the weekend.

“This board has moved mountains in order to make sure we can

A new year brings new opportunities to end childhood hunger here in Southwest Florida! We are excited to announce our partnership with an amazing local organization, Swinging With Purpose, whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of children and women within our community. Diana Riley, Founder of Swinging With Purpose, decided to combine her passion for golf with her passion for women and children to make a difference in her local

Congratulations are in order for Kelly Stedman of James Stephens International Academy. Stedman was announced the winner of the state’s Assistant Principal of the Year award! Stedman began her career with Lee County schools as a teacher in 2004, and took on her first administrator role at Veterans Park Academy for the Arts 10 years later. We are so thrilled to work with talented administrators like Stedman and look forward to continuing to feed the students

Announcing the SWFL Hunger Games!

Posted on July 18, 2017
Help us crush childhood hunger at the inaugural SWFL Hunger Games on October 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 30 gourmet food trucks and local restaurants will gather in Top Rocker Field at Six Bends to offer the best dishes and compete for awards. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of. VIP Tickets are $100 and all proceeds go toward feeding a child for a year! VIP

The Champions 4 Children charity weekend was held at Sanibel Harbor Resort & Spa from May 4-6. This one-of-a kind event featured the opportunity for attendees to interact with big-time athletes from a variety of sports organizations including the NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA as well as Olympic and collegiate players. The largest beneficiary of the Champions 4 Children 2017 weekend was Blessings in a Backpack of Southwest Florida, which feeds

It was a day of blessings for all. Champion celebrity athletes joined Blessings in a Backpack of Southwest Florida to distribute nutritional food packages for the weekend to students and inspire them to dream big, make the right choices, and get a good education. Thank you to Champions 4 Children SWFL for visiting James Stephens International Academy and Tice Elementary and helping us

Athletes will visit with students and participate in weekend food distribution

Fort Myers elementary school students will get a chance to see some of their sports heroes in person on May 5 as Blessings in a Backpack Southwest Florida brings these champions to Tice Elementary and James Stephens International Academy in Fort Myers. As part of the Champions 4 Children Charity weekend at Sanibel Harbor and Resort, the athletes will visit the schools

Limited tickets remain for select events at the annual Champions 4 Children Charity weekend, to be held at Sanibel Harbor Resort & Spa from May 4- 6. While aiding children in need, the one-of-a kind event will feature the opportunity to interact with big-time athletes from a variety of sports including the NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA as well as Olympic and collegiate players. Highlighted athletes include Bishop Verot alum and former

Photo: Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Photo: Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks will play a poolside concert next month for a Southwest Florida fundraiser. Hicks, who won season 5 of the TV competition, performs May 5 at Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort in Lee County as part of a weekend’s worth of activities for the fundraising event Champions 4 Children SWFL. Tickets for the concert are $35 ($100 for

Fiddlesticks members have raised more than $540k for food security program

The Bobby Nichols Charity Foundation recently presented $116,000 to Blessings in a Backpack of Southwest Florida to support its mission of making hunger-free weekends a reality for food-insecure children in Lee and Collier counties. Proceeds from the 15th annual Nichols Cup Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament were earmarked for several not-for-profit organizations who serve vulnerable children. In Lee and Collier counties, 60,000 elementary students who receive