The Southwest Florida Chapter

When we think of hungry children, we think of developing nations. It can be hard to imagine those problems exist here in our community. In southwest Florida, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for parents to feed their children. Inflation, job-loss, and low wages are very real challenges for many parents. In some cases parents work jobs with wages so low they can’t afford to buy groceries. Blessings in a Backpack works to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children who would go hungry.

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.

Board of Directors

Nathan Shaw
Board Chair
Premier Plus Realty

Carl Barraco Jr.
Barraco and Associates

Guy Clark
Food Idea Group

Rafael Feliciano
Food Idea Group

Lynne Kimmich
Alliance Financial Group

Taylor Loethan
Scott Fisher Enterprises

Travis Merrick
GFA International

Mike Price

Chris Rakos
Colonial Roofing

Connie Ramos
Williams- Conric P.R.

David Teets
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