PGA golfer Justin Leonard, family donate to students in need

photo 1Thanks to a generous donation from PGA golfer Justin Leonard, his wife Amanda and their four children, elementary students in need at Uplift Peak Preparatory will have the opportunity to receive much-needed food assistance on the weekends through Blessings in a Backpack.

Blessings in a Backpack is a non-profit organization that provides backpacks of food to elementary school children who qualify for the free-and -educed lunch program to take home during the 38 weekends of a school year.  The Leonard’s donation will sponsor food for 250 students for the entire school year.

“We are called to serve from God.  Blessings in a Backpack is a way for us to answer that call, and a way to help those in our community that are in need,” Mr. Leonard said.

Last year Blessings in Backpack piloted the programs at Uplift Peak with 50 backpacks which have carried over into this year, and in addition, the North Texas Food Bank also sponsored 50 backpacks bringing the total to 350 students receiving food assistance.  Uplift Peak Preparatory is the first school receiving support in Dallas from the non-profit.

Currently, Blessings in a Backpack feeds more than 68,000 students in 670 schools in 44 states across the nation.  In Texas, 18,000 students in 24 schools receive backpacks.

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