Blessings in a Backpack SWFL recently received a generous $20,000 donation from Suncoast Credit Union that will help provide weekend meals for students in need at Tice Elementary School in Fort Myers.
“We are so fortunate to have businesses that continue to support Blessings in a Backpack and our mission to help local children,” said Cecilia St. Arnold, Blessings in a Backpack executive director. “Suncoast Credit Union’s generous donation will help to feed school children in need over the weekend during the school year. It is generous support like this which helps make a better future possible for local children and for our community.”
Suncoast Credit Union Foundation’s goal is to promote the education, health and emotional well-being of children through scholarships and contributions to public schools, medical research and development, family support organizations and other charitable programs that directly benefit children.
“Donations to Blessings in a Backpack help to feed children who aren’t always sure where their next meal will come from. When they have food over the weekend, they can come to school Monday morning and focus on learning rather than an empty stomach,” added St. Arnold. “We are able to provide this assistance because of the help and participation of wonderful local businesses in our community.”
It only takes $115 to provide meals for 36 weekends for one school-age child. This past school year, Blessings was able to feed 5,300 children. Their goal for the upcoming year is to provide weekend meals for 6,000 children.