HELPING HUNGRY KIDS IN HOUSTON SINCE 2011
BAYOU CITY BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK
Kevin Peter, Program Director
Kim Robinson, Associate Program Director
Nancy Ebanks, Fundraising Director
Cheryl Diamond, Volunteer Coordinator
Elizabeth Kimzey, Public Relations
Kara McDuffie, Director of Finance
Clair Silliman, Holy Spirit Community Liaison
Linda Purvis, Logistics Director Blackshear Elementary
Marty Chapman, Logistics Director Spring Shadows Elementary
Jennifer Guzman, Corporate Sponsor Liaison
Melissa Peter, Program Director
Bayou City Blessings Chapter Founder
Melissa is a speech-language pathologist and worked for 15 years in the Spring Branch Independent School District, helping to develop a classroom-based intervention model. In 2012, after learning more about “food deserts” and the food insecurity that many of our Houston children face every day, Melissa continued her educational partnership with local schools and with Holy Spirit Episcopal Church and School, started Bayou City Blessings in a Backpack, a local program of the national charitable organization, Blessings in a Backpack. Starting in 2012 with 60 children at Blackshear Elementary and 10 children at Spring Shadows Elementary, the program has grown to currently serve 738 children in the two schools, assembling and delivering weekend food packs to each child every Friday during the 38 weeks of school. Melissa and husband, Kevin, have been married almost 25 years and have three boys: Jacob (18), Caston (16) and Grayson (13).
Bayou City Blessings, launched by the Holy Spirit Episcopal community in 2012, provides weekend food to children in the greater Houston area who are at risk of going without. Bayou City Blessings currently provides 738 pre-K -5th grade children attending Blackshear and Spring Shadows Elementary schools with weekend food bags for the 38 weeks of school in order to help bridge the gap between Friday lunch and Monday breakfast. Blackshear Elementary, in the heart of Houston’s 3rd ward, is located in a “food desert,” defined by the USDA as having little to no access to fresh food or grocery stores. Spring Shadows’ neighborhood is considered a “food insecure” area making it difficult for families to access the resources necessary to provide consistent
food options for their children, especially when away from school.
Bayou City Blessings is a local program of the national charitable organization,
Blessings in a Backpack (www.blessingsinabackpack.org).