First Coast Chapter

In 2018–2019, Blessings in a Backpack provided more than 135,900 hunger-free weekends for thousands of elementary school students living in the First Coast who are facing food insecurity.

Almost 4,000 children receive Blessings in a Backpack every Friday, but sadly, approximately 90,000 local children qualify for our program. Our goal is to increase the number of children being fed by 500 this school year.

Who will feed the kids this weekend?

Together, we will!

Jim and Tabitha Furyk are long-time supporters of the First Coast Chapter. This video highlights their involvement through the years.

Meet Our Board

Katie Cox

Katie Cox
Chair
Jax Sports Council

Christine Reitz

Christine Reitz
Secretary
Regions Bank

Myrna Brannon

Myrna Brannon
Member at Large
Berkshire Hathaway Home Service Florida

Sean Stenson

Sean Stenson
Business Development
Route4Me

Alex Williams
Member at Large
CAA Sports

Wyatt Haynes

Wyatt Haynes
Community Network Advocate
United Parcel Service

Jodi Beere

Jodi Beere
Member
CBI Workplace Solutions

Rohan Bhargava​

Rohan Bhargava​
​Member
University of Florida

Martin Buckley
​Member
Palm Beach Autographs

Jeff Hewitt

Jeff Hewitt
​Member
Fitness Consultant

Kristine Philips

Kristine Philips​
​Member
Phillips Broadcasting

Tom Ponder

Thomas Ponder​
​Member
CEO, Kingmade Jerky, Inc.

Mark Slater

Mark Slater​
​Member
Owner, JOMO Pool Services

Steve Topp

Steve Topp
Member
Retired, JP Morgan

Jamaal Williams
Member
Florida Blue/Guidewell

Susan Evans

Susan Evans   
Managing Director
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