Blessings in a Backpack’s COVID-19 Response Effort

Help Blessings in a Backpack continue to feed kids on the weekends during this public health emergency. At Blessings program locations across the country, we are striving to get extra bags to kids in case their school closes. For those already closed, we are working to identify a distribution process for that community.

Our response varies by school, impacted by factors such as:

  • The school’s closure schedule and food distribution plan
  • Public safety mandates and protocols
  • Food availability in the region

At Blessings in a Backpack, we mobilize communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekend to kids who might otherwise go hungry. Because of this mission, we have witnessed the power of communities when they come together toward a common goal. It is because of this experience that we are confident our country will find the strength to weather this storm together.

Click here to learn how the national organization is responding to COVID-19 response efforts. Note: this link will open as a new tab to the national website blessingsinabackpack.org.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution; options will vary greatly depending on the county. Below are the efforts we are making in order to ensure children in Southwest Florida are being fed and receiving nutritious meals during this trying time.

Collier County: Blessings in a Backpack schools in Collier County are able to distribute their weekly food bags to our students at each of our schools during “grab and go” food programs. Students will be able to pick up their grab and go meals at the following schools:

  • RCMA Community School, 123 N 4th Street, Immokalee, FL 34142
  • Shadowlawn Elementary School, 2161 Shadowlawn Dr, East Naples, FL 34112

Lee County: Blessings in a Backpack students in Lee County will be able to receive “grab and go” meals beginning next week at various Boys & Girls Club sites throughout Lee County. We will be feeding an additional 1,500 children each week beginning Monday, March 23.

  • Boys & Girls Club Pueblo Bonita, 26120 Pueblo Bonito Blvd, Bonita Spring FL 34135
  • Boys & Girls Club Lehigh Acres, 1262 Wings Way, #201, Lehigh Acres FL 33936
  • Boys & Girls Club Center at The Renaissance in Fort Myers, 1633 Joust St, Fort Myers, FL 33916
  • Colonial Elementary School, 3800 Schoolhouse Rd E, Fort Myers, FL 33916
  • James Stephens International Academy, 1333 Marsh Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905
  • San Carlos Park Elementary School, 17282 Lee Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33967
  • Bonita Springs Elementary School, 10701 Dean St, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
  • Heights Elementary School, 15200 Alexandria Ct, Fort Myers, FL 33908
  • Tice Elementary School, 4524 Tice St, Fort Myers, FL 33905
  • Eva’s Closet, 16331 Old US 41 #101, Fort Myers, FL 33912
  • Interfaith Charities of South Lee, 17592 Rockefeller Cir, Fort Myers, FL 33967

*All Lee County Schools offer “Grab and Go” Blessings bags on Thursday and Friday

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