Quarterly News | February 2021
We have one million reasons to say thank you to our incredible partners, the Kate & Justin Rose Foundation! Professional golfer Justin Rose and wife Kate have donated $1 million to immediately feed 1,000 kids in the Orlando area. This generous gift will also help our chapter:  

  • Start a match program to recruit volunteers to start new programs in the Orlando area
  • Help enhance the weekend food bags our kids receive
  • Create sustainability for the Orlando Chapter

The Kate & Justin Rose Foundation has been feeding hungry tummies and curious minds with Blessings in a Backpack since 2009. In May 2020, they granted $1.15 million to establish our chapter, affectionately known as "Rose Blessings Orlando." We are completely 'blessed' by the ongoing support of Kate and Justin Rose!

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Backpack Bulletin — the quarterly newsletter from the Orlando Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack! This email will keep YOU in touch with the impactful work we're doing in Orlando to feed kids who might otherwise go hungry.

This school year, the Orlando Chapter is feeding more than 3,000 kids every weekend! But did you know it is estimated that 40,000 Orlando-area children were facing food-insecurity prior to COVID, and now that need has increased by 60%! Click here to find out how you can start a program in Orlando!

THANK YOU does not seem adequate! We had an amazing Giving Tuesday thanks to all of YOU! We raised $43,530 — enough to make nearly 11,000 hunger-free weekends a reality for local kids.

Your gifts help us to provide Blessings in a Backpack to children in Central Florida who might otherwise go hungry on the weekends. Thank you for caring about our children and ensuring they have food when schools are closed.

A big thanks to our match sponsors Cahill Homes and the Spartan Kids Foundation!

This Valentine’s Day, let’s feed hearts and bellies together! ♥️ Thanks to our friends at Alex and Ani, individuals who donate $50, or raise $50 or more with a Facebook fundraiser, will receive a free ‘Because I Love You’ bangle as a thank you! Be sure to mention Orlando or your favorite school to ensure they get the proceeds!

Plus, download and print Valentine Day cards for kids to cut, color, and personalize!
Volunteer Spotlight: Maitland Surgery Center
The fabulous team at Maitland Surgery Center spent their Martin Luther King Day of Service packing more than 100 bags of food for Orlando-area elementary students. We are so lucky to call them our partners in the fight against childhood hunger. THANK YOU for helping feed kids this weekend!
$500K Donated to Blessings in Ravens QB Lamar Jackson's Name

What started as a tweet and Reddit post by two Buffalo Bills fans quickly snowballed into an avalanche of love and support for Blessings in a Backpack and the children we serve.

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Actress Chrissy Metz Teams Up with Blessings in a Backpack

Our favorite Celebrity Wheel Of Fortune contestant Chrissy Metz won $30,000 for Blessings in a Backpack! The donation will help provide 7,500 hunger-free weekends for kids nationwide who might otherwise go hungry.

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Reflects giving from July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020
$100,000 and Up
$25,000 – $49,999
Eduardo & Leticia Azar
Jeremy Bull
Cahill Homes 
Cigna Foundation
Dr. Phillips Charities
James Gorman 
Gopi Natarajan
Kate & Justin Rose 
Derrick Smith 
$15,000 – $24,999
Charles & Christine Young
$10,000 – $14,999
The Martin Andersen – Gracia Andersen Foundation 
Spartan Kids Foundation
$5,000 – $9,999
Anonymous Family Foundation
Co3 Eagles 240 LLC
Design Specifications
Jr. Davis Construction Co., Inc. 
Judd Webster 
$2,500 – $4,999
Cahill Family Fund
Crews Ink Incorporation
Richard B. Crouse
The Duke Energy Foundation
David Katz 
Brent Smith 
$2,000 – $2,499
Diana Griffin 
$1,000 – $1,499
Michael Bruni
Tama Davis
Matt Hodge
Matthew Levy & Tracy Muelman 
John Maher
Watson Sloane 
$500 – $999
Jill Adkinson
Bill & Jeanne Archer
Eric & Sarah Carlson 
Michael Hanna 
Amy Howard
Shanna Jadooram 
Jen Jones 
The Lyons Family Philanthropy Fund 
Maitland Surgery Center* 
Lisa Zacher
Zeo Insurance Services LLC