Meet Margaret & Carl Holler
Margaret and Carl started the local Pinellas County chapter in 2013. Margaret, a retired school teacher, saw firsthand in her classroom the difference when a child has the nutrition they need as well as care and kindness that boosts their self-confidence.
In 2013, CBS Radio Tampa Bay helped organize a campaign to raise funds that helped start the Pinellas program. Beginning with Blanton Elementary, the program now also serves Bardmoor Elementary. The Pinellas program currently serves more than 150 children. "We're honored to be part of this program," said Margaret. "It's a privilege to serve those in our community, when they are most in need and to make a difference in our community and in the future."
Backpack Brigade 2017
On August 5th, the community gathered to support the 3rd Annual Backpack Brigade fundraising event.
Our partners at Spark 5 Inc. hosted our Pinellas event at Cage Brewing in St. Petersburg, Florida. Huge thanks to our kind donors who sponsored the raffle items, the generous community, and to our hard-working volunteers who helped make the event possible.
During the event, we collected 60 backpacks and $1000 in cash donations. These donations make it possible for BIAB to provide elementary children in need, backpacks filled with meals to feed them over their weekend during the school year.
Our volunteers, donors, teachers, administrators and children are proof that Blessings in a Backpack makes a difference and benefits children and our community. Click here to read testimonials.
We are Blessings in a Backpack Pinellas County, FL, the local chapter of the national Blessings in a Backpack program.
Blessings provides elementary school children who are on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with a backpack of food to take home for 38 weekends during the school year. The foods include easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, such as granola bars, juice boxes, mac and cheese and oatmeal.
Evaluation of our program shows that in addition to no longer feeling weekend hunger pangs, children fed by Blessings experience the following impact on their lives:
59% find it is easier to learn at school.
60% do not get in trouble as much.
78% feel cared for by their community.
71% feel they are helping their family.
60% of children report that their school attendance is better.
Click here for national Blessings in a Backpack impact stories.