Blessings in a Backpack partnered with McLeod’s Construction, Paint & Restoration to pack more than 500 meals for local school children that otherwise may go hungry. The two organizations gathered on Thursday, Nov. 7 at McLeod’s offices to pack nutritious, kid-friendly meals for Franklin Park Elementary students to take home on the weekends, a time frame the federal free and reduced-price school lunch program doesn’t cover.

Along with McLeod’s Construction, Paint & Restoration; Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass and the Tommy Bohanon Foundation helped to make this event a huge success.

Blessings in a Backpack feeds more than 4,600 children in Lee and Collier counties. That number continues to grow with more donations. A tax-deductible donation of $100 provides a child with food on the weekends for an entire school year. The organization seeks volunteers and corporate partners as well. Visit to see how you can make a difference.

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