Who We Are

Backpack Blessings was founded in 2011 by a group of compassionate individuals who wanted to make a difference in the lives of children in need in our community. Janet and Ray Williams, Rebecca Dent, and Joe and Stacey Thomas started this program with a shared vision of ensuring that no child goes to bed hungry in Panama City Beach.

Backpack Blessings is a non-profit organization that provides weekend meals to students in all Panama City Beach Schools. These students, who have been identified by their counselors and teachers as needing additional support, receive 7 meals and snacks each for each weekend.

Today, Backpack Blessings is a non-profit program that is supported by a team of dedicated volunteers, community members, local businesses, organizations and churches. Our goal is to provide healthy and nutritious meals that will help these children focus on their studies, and alleviate some of the burden that food insecurity can place on families. We continue to work tirelessly to ensure that every child in need has access to healthy food and the support they need to thrive.

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About Backpack Blessings

Providing Food For Children

Arnold High School Food Drive

Volunteers Like You

Thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers, we have been able to pack and distribute nutritious meals weekly to over 280 students from Pre-K to High School in Panama City Beach schools. But our work is not done yet! There are still many children and families who need our help, and we are determined to reach as many of them as possible.

Over the years, Backpack Blessings has served over 72,247 meals and 1899 children in schools here in Panama City Beach. This year we have the highest numbers of students in our 12 years of service. We need your help! If you would like to join us in supporting these children in our community, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Together, we can ensure that no child goes hungry in Panama City Beach! Please join us in our mission to feed kids!

Thanks to our sponsors!

A heartfelt thank you to our dedicated sponsors whose unwavering support fuels our mission!