The 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!

Meet Our Board

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

Joy Bardin

Joy Bardin
Chair
Jax Refrigeration

Christine Reitz

Christine Reitz
Co-Chair
Regions Bank

Katie Cox

Katie Cox
Vice Chair
Jax Sports Council

Dorothy Williams

Dorothy Williams
​​Secretary
Stein Mart

Sean Stenson

Sean Stenson
Resource Dev Chair
Route4Me

Rohan Bhargava​

Rohan Bhargava​
​Member
University of Florida

Myrna Brannon

Myrna Brannon
​Member
Berkshire Hathaway Home Service Florida

Martin Buckley
​Member
Palm Beach Autographs

Wyatt Haynes

Wyatt Haynes
​Member
United Parcel Service

Jeff Hewitt

Jeff Hewitt
​Member
Fitness Consultant

Kristine Philips

Kristine Philips​
​Member
Phillips Broadcasting

Lisa Ward

Lisa Ward
Member
The Mercer Group, Inc.

Alex Williams
Member
CAA Sports

Jamaal Williams
Member
Florida Blue/Guidewell

Susan Evans   
Managing Director
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