Partnering to Make the School Year Hunger-Free for Local Children

Nemours Children’s Health, Jacksonville and the Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation have partnered to make a donation that clears a years-long waiting list at existing Blessings in a Backpack schools with a critical need. The expanded support will provide healthy weekend food for an additional 880 children in Northeast Florida during the 2023-2024 school year.

“Kids can’t be kids when they’re hungry. The consequences of childhood hunger are much more than a growling stomach…fatigue, the inability to concentrate, mood swings, and depression,” says Erin Kerr, CEO of Blessings in a Backpack. “We’re grateful to partner with Nemours Children’s Health through the ‘Well Beyond Medicine’ initiative to prevent weekend hunger and create a healthier future for Jacksonville kids.” 

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“Blessings in a Backpack has always been near and dear to our hearts. Having the opportunity to partner with Nemours Children’s Health to add these additional children so that hundreds of kids have hunger-free weekends has been so impactful.” 
 — Jim Furyk, PGA TOUR golfer

Blessings in a Backpack
Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation
Nemours Children's Health