First Coast Advisory Board Welcome New Advisory Board Members The board is working to bring awareness to child hunger and increase access to weekend meals for food-insecure children throughout the First Coast. Meet Our Board Nease High School Volunteers and Reduce The "My Fresh Companion" program will plant, grow, and bring fresh fruit and healthy snacks 144 to First Coast kids each week! Learn more! Nease High School's Pilot Program Designed to Enhance, Introduce, Photo of smiling kids Who Will Feed Kids in the First Coast At Blessings in a Backpack we often ask, "Who will feed the kids this weekend?" But the COVID-19 emergency has caused us to expand our programs from feeding kids on the weekends, to now serving kids while schools are closed. Our Response to COVID-19 When Schools Are Closed? Photo of boy holding up his bag of food Who will feed the kids this weekend? 90,000 kids in Northeast Florida eat food at school during the week but struggle with access to food on the weekends. How can you help? Donate Now Photo of people holding back packs Local Give Back Opportunities Consider the following ways to get involved with First Coast Blessings in a Backpack. Get Involved
We're feeding First Coast kids this weekend!

Our impact during the 2020/21 school year

188000
Hunger-free weekends
5084
Kids
41
Schools
404
Volunteers

Why Get Involved?

How To Help?

For $130 you can help us feed a child every weekend of the school year.
Organize a Facebook fundraiser to feed the kids in your community.
Volunteer your time or talent to support a local Blessings program.
Follow us on social media and subscribe to our quarterly e-newsletter.

How does Blessings in a Backpack work?

Local Stories

More than $9,800 Donated in Honor of World Hunger Day to Feed Kids This Summer

More than $9,800 was donated to provide hunger-free weekends for 600 kids in Jacksonville over the summer through Blessings community partners.

Spartan Kids Foundation Matching $3,000 in Blessings First Coast Donations on World Hunger Day

The Spartan Kids Foundation will support Blessings First Coast this World Hunger Day by matching all donations made May 24 through May 28, up to $3,000!

Atlantic Beach Youth Council’s Blessings in a Backpack wins state honor

“This project made me realize that you never know someone’s struggles but showed how much of an impact we can make as a group when we put our minds to it.”

Our Partners

We would like to give many thanks to our Partners listed below, without which this program would not be possible.

  • Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation
  • Florida Blue Foundation
  • The Charitable Foundation of JAX Refrigeration
  • UPS Foundation
  • TaxSlayer
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Lucky's Market

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