FORT MYERS, Fla.- Fort Myers firefighters, city leaders and volunteers with the Blessings in a Backpack program came together Thursday to pack healthy food for hungry kids in Southwest Florida.
It’s part of the Blessings in a Backpack program, and Thursday is National Blessings in a Backpack Day. Across the country, the program feeds about 77,000 kids.
Here in Southwest Florida, about 3,000 elementary school kids receive food through the program.
Volunteers pack the food on Thursdays, and then send the kids home with a bag of healthy food on Friday. This year, the kids have a variety of food every other week.
At Colonial Elementary, about 750 kids take food home each week. For some, it’s the only food they have all weekend.
An $80 donation will provide food for one child for the school year. The organization relies on donations. For more information, visit: blessingsinswfl.org