About the SWFL Chapter

The Southwest Florida Chapter

The Blessings in a Backpack program steps-up by feeding children on the weekend. Every Friday afternoon, children receive backpacks filled with kid-friendly, ready-to-eat items. Students return every Monday morning with an empty backpack, a full stomach, and an eager mind. In the schools we work with in Lee and Collier County, test scores, reading skills, positive behavior, general health, and attendance have improved dramatically as a result of children getting the nourishment they need.

Photo of kids holding their bags of food

Board of Directors

Nathan Shaw
Board Chair
Premier Plus Realty

Carl Barraco Jr.
Member
Barraco and Associates

Guy Clark
Member
Food Idea Group

Rafael Feliciano
Member
Food Idea Group

Lynne Kimmich
Member
Alliance Financial Group

Taylor Loethan
Member
Scott Fisher Enterprises

Travis Merrick
Member
GFA International

Mike Price
Member
LandQuest

Chris Rakos
Member
Colonial Roofing

Connie Ramos
Member
Williams- Conric P.R.

David Teets
Member
Southern Striping Solutions

Cecilia St. Arnold
Managing Director
SWFL Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack

Not Pictured:

  • Scott Fischer – Emeritus Board Chair
  • Jim Parker – retired, Global HR
  • Danielle Beach – Alliance Financial Group