Blessings In A Backpack Of Southwest Florida Receives Grant From The Collier County Community Foundation $10,000 In Funds Aid In Feeding Over 500 Children At Golden Gate Elementary

Submitted By: Cecilia St. Arnold

Blessings in a Backpack Southwest Florida is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a generous grant of $10,000 by The Collier County Community Foundation. This grant will enable Blessings in a Backpack to continue its mission of providing essential nutrition to over 500 children at Golden Gate Elementary School.

Golden Gate Elementary School, located in Naples, FL, serves a diverse student population, many of whom come from families facing economic challenges. Blessings in a Backpack has been dedicated to ensuring that no child at the school goes hungry over the weekends. Through their program, they provide weekend food packs to students, giving them the nourishment they need to thrive and succeed academically.

Receiving the $10,000 grant from The Collier County Community Foundation has come at a crucial time, as Blessings in a Backpack was working tirelessly to ensure that every child at Golden Gate Elementary receives the support they need. This significant grant will make a substantial impact on the lives of these students, making it possible for them to concentrate on their studies without the worry of hunger.

“We are immensely grateful to The Collier County Community Foundation for their generosity and support,” said Cecilia St. Arnold, Executive Director of Blessings in a Backpack of Southwest Florida. “This grant will enable us to continue our mission of providing weekend meals to the children at Golden Gate Elementary and ensure that no child in our community goes to bed hungry.”

The Collier County Community Foundation is well-known for its dedication to enhancing the quality of life for residents in Collier County, and this grant further exemplifies their commitment to supporting local initiatives that make a difference in the lives of children.

The partnership between Blessings in a Backpack and The Collier County Community Foundation demonstrates the power of collaboration in addressing the critical issue of childhood hunger. By working together, they are not only feeding hungry children but also providing them with the nourishment they need to reach their full potential.

For more information about Blessings in a Backpack of Southwest Florida and their mission, please visit

For more information about The Collier County Community Foundation and their support for local initiatives, please visit


Blessings in a Backpack SWFL serves over 7,800 students through 33 school-based programs located throughout Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte 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 $130 donation will feed a child for one full school year. Gifts of all sizes are welcome through the donation portal at or via mail at P.O. Box 61402 Fort Myers, FL 33906. All contributions are tax-deductible.


Collier Community Foundation™ is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization established in 1985 to increase and focus on local private philanthropy. Today, the Collier Community Foundation manages more than 850 funds, works with hundreds of nonprofits, and has granted over $268 million to nonprofit organizations, community programs, and scholarships. Informed giving. Powerful results.™ Learn more at or call 239-649-5000.

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