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Blessings in a Backpack SWFL has been selected as a State Farm Neighborhood Assist(R) Top 200 Finalist and needs your votes!

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug, 13, 2021) – Blessings in a Backpack Southwest Florida needs your help to receive a $25,000 Neighborhood Assist® grant from State Farm®.  Starting August 18, U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address can help Blessings receive the grant by voting for their favorite cause at www.NeighborhoodAssist.com/entry/2040123. Voters may cast ten votes per day.

Blessings has until August 27 at 11:59 p.m. ET to rally votes. On September 29, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced at www.neighborhoodassist.com and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each of the affiliated nonprofits. State Farm Neighborhood Assist® is a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods. The State Farm Review Committee selected Blessings as one of the top 200 finalists from 2,000 submissions.

Blessings in a Backpack serves 5,500 students through 25 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.

“Being a finalist for this grant is an incredible honor,” said Cecilia St. Arnold, Blessings in a Backpack SWFL managing director. She added, “The funds are significant and will be a tremendous help in supporting the students to ensure they don’t go hungry.”

For more information about Blessings in a Backpack Southwest Florida and how you can help go to: https://swfl.blessingsinabackpack.org/.

About Blessings in a Backpack

A leader in the movement to end childhood hunger, Blessings in a Backpack’s mission is to mobilize communities, individuals, and resources to help provide food for local school children who might otherwise go hungry. Federal government programs feed these children during the school week, but meals are not provided on weekends.

Blessings in a Backpack SWFL makes sure school-age 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 following weekend.

Blessings serves students through 25 school-based programs located throughout Lee and Collier Counties were served. 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.