2nd Annual Brews for Blessings raises over $26,000 to fight childhood hunger

The 2nd Annual Brews for Blessings event raised over $26,000 to help support Blessings in a Backpack SWFL’s mission to provide food to school children on weekends. All funds raised will go directly to feeding local children in need.

Brews for Blessings was held Feb. 26 and co-hosted by Millennial Brewing Company in Fort Myers. A large selection of brews were offered at the free, family-friendly event that also featured a special children’s area in addition to food trucks, a silent auction, and live music. At the event, families also learned about food insecurity in SWFL and how they can help feed a child for a school year.

“We are thrilled with the outpouring of support we received at this year’s Brews for Blessings,” said Cecilia St. Arnold, Executive Director for Blessings in a Backpack SWFL. “The community saw the need once again this year and came out to help the children. We sincerely appreciate it.”

During the week, many young students are fed by federal government programs through school meals. A leader in the movement to end childhood hunger, Blessings in a Backpack SWFL ensures these children receive nutritional meals over the weekend during the school year. Every Friday afternoon, each child receives a backpack filled with nutritious, kid-friendly, ready-to-eat items. They return the backpacks on Monday, and each is filled and ready for the next weekend.

A donation of only $115 will provide meals for 36 weekends for one school-age child. Blessings goal this school year is to feed 6,000 school children.

Kyle Cebull and Cecilia St. Arnold

Cecilia St. Arnold

Chelsea Castoria, Connie Ramos-Williams, and Keegan Myers

John Nicholson, Teresa Nicholson, and Connie Ramos-Williams

Blessings in a Backpack helps prevent childhood hunger

Blessings in a Backpack serves 5,600 students through 27 school-based programs located throughout Lee and Collier Counties. In these schools, test scores, reading skills, positive behavior, general health, and school attendance have improved dramatically due in part to students receiving the nourishment they need throughout the week and the weekends.

Kids are our future; you can help secure theirs. A $115 donation will feed a child for one full school year. Gifts of all sizes are welcome through the donations portal at https://swfl.blessingsinabackpack.org/ or via mail at P.O. Box 61402 Fort Myers, FL 33906. All contributions are tax-deductible.

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