Blessings in a Backpack hosts fiesta fundraiser


The 2019 Fancy Pants Fiesta raised more than $20,000 to benefit Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit that provides weekend food bags to more than 200 elementary school children in Northeast Florida. The May 5, Cinco de Mayo-themed event was held at Topgolf in Jacksonville.

“Thank you, Fancy Pants Fiesta attendees, sponsors and donors, for one heck of an amazing day!” said   Kimberly Ward, executive director, First Coast Blessings in a Backpack. “Despite the afternoon shower, everyone rolled with the punches and we had a very successful event — it is all thanks to you.”

During the 2018-19 school year, First Coast Chapter Blessings in a Backpack provided more than 873,240 weekend meals to 3,984 hungry children on the First Coast. School children have access to free or reduced meals during the week, but what about Saturday and Sunday? Blessings in a Backpack provides nutritional food for the weekend, so kids can focus on the joys of childhood and return to school on Monday ready to learn. A backpack of nutritional, child-friendly, non-perishable food is available each Friday during the school year for school children who might otherwise go 65 hours without food.

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