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We’re proud to announce that Ken Savage, principal at James Stephens Academy, has been named Principal of the Year by the Florida Department of Education! This school is a part of our Blessings in a Backpack family and feeds more than 395 children every Friday! Ken is an outstanding principal and makes sure that all of his students are getting the best education possible including nourishing their minds and their stomachs! On February 9, 2018,
We are excited to announce that the Verandah Golf Community along with St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church has chosen Blessings in a Backpack to be the recipient of their 10th annual fundraising garage sale! The event will be on Saturday, March 10th from 8am-1pm at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Donations of good quality and gently used items are greatly appreciated. All donations are being accepted Monday through Friday, 9am-12pm at the St.
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 feed the hungriest of
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 community.
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
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 ticket holders will also gain
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 more than 3,200 children
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 #FeedTheFuture! Check out the full story from NBC 2 news. Read more >>
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 to meet
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 MLB Outfielder Adam Piatt