Blessings in a Backpack feeds nearly 10,000 children since Ian
Donations needed to continue feeding local children in need
Hurricane Ian ripped through our beautiful Southwest Florida community, leaving much damage and disruption, including Blessings in a Backpack SWFL’s efforts to feed children in need on the weekends while they cannot access meals at school. Families are now without homes and jobs, and thousands of children are left wondering where their next meal will come from. The need for assistance in Southwest Florida has grown exponentially since Hurricane Ian. The Blessings in a Backpack Southwest Florida Chapter, along with its community partners, have been working together to find new ways to distribute food, reaching 9,600 local kids in need since the storm.
“Many children and families in Southwest Florida are food insecure, and Hurricane Ian has served to exacerbate this issue,” said Cecilia St. Arnold, managing director, Blessings in a Backpack SWFL Chapter. “It is estimated that nearly 2,000 children in our community have been displaced and are in need of our services. Blessings and our partners are so grateful to be able to come together and find alternative ways to focus on what is truly important, getting these children access to food during this disaster.”
Blessings in a Backpack typically provides nutritious food in student’s backpacks every Friday to feed them over the weekend when they are not receiving meals during school. With classes shut down and many schools in need of repair, these students have not been able to rely on daily school meals, or the weekend distribution provided by the nonprofit. Thankfully, Blessings in a Backpack has worked relentlessly to partner with other organizations in the community to help feed local children facing food insecurity among other challenges resulting from the storm.
“It is imperative, now more than ever, to support local charities. A donation of only $130 will provide meals for 36 weekends for one school-age child,” said St. Arnold.
Please consider making a donation to feed more Southwest Florida children.