Monetary donations urgently needed to feed school children
FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 16, 2020) – Responding to the tremendous demand for food as families struggle because of the coronavirus, Blessings in a Backpack of Southwest Florida is partnering with several organizations to provide meals at several Grab & Go locations throughout Lee County.
Families are going hungry during these extraordinary and critical times and donations are needed more than ever. A tax-deductible donation of $4 is urgently needed to feed a child for one weekend while schools are not in session and many families struggle because of COVID-19. To make a donation, go to blessingsinswfl.org.
Thanks to the generosity of the community to move quickly on the Grab & Go locations, Blessings in a Backpack is able to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Lee County, Interfaith Charities of South Lee, Eva’s Closet and the School District of Lee County to provide meals to thousands of school children and their families each Friday.
“Blessings in a Backpack of Southwest Florida is able to serve 5,000 students nutritious meals for the weekend,” executive director Cecilia St. Arnold said. “However, there are so many more students that are going without food on the weekends and need our help.”
The weekend meal packages from Blessings in a Backpack will be available from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays at the following locations:
Blessings in a Backpack helps prevent hunger
Blessings in a Backpack steps up where federal aid stops by feeding children on the weekend. Every Friday afternoon, children receive packages filled with nutritious, kid-friendly, ready-to-eat food items. Students return to school every Monday morning with a full stomach and an eager mind. In partnership with Lee and Collier county schools, Blessings in a Backpack has helped dramatically improve test scores, reading skills, behavior and general health.
Kids are our future; you can help secure theirs. A $100 donation will feed a child for one full school year. Donations of all sizes are welcome through the donations portal at blessingsinswfl.org or via mail at P.O. Box 61402 Fort Myers, FL 33906. All contributions are tax-deductible.