"Blessings in a Backpack" Raises Funds To Ensure Hunger-Free Weekends For Fort Wayne Students

Aug 19, 2016

Melanie Hall hopes to be able to serve all of the elementary students facing food insecurity.
Credit Courtesy/Melanie Hall

"Blessings in a Backpack" is a national organization devoted to providing food on the weekends for elementary school children who might otherwise go hungry.

  Fort Wayne's local chapter is getting ready to raise funds, and awareness for the cause this Tuesday, with its annual Celebrity Chef Fundraiser at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

Begun in 2007 by Mike and Gretchen Gouloff, this continues to be an all-volunteer program, still run by the Gouloffs, and now feeds students at four of the city's elementary schools.

Nationally known Celebrity Chef Graham Elliot will be cooking up awareness, as well as a feast, at this year's local "Blessings in a Backpack" Fundraiser.
Credit Courtesy/Blessings in a Backpack


Earlier this week, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Melanie Hall, Blessings board member, and Director of Public Affairs for Fort Wayne Community Schools, to discuss our community's needs, and what Celebrity Chef Graham Elliot is bringing to this year's fundraiser table.

This year's Blessings in a Backpack Celebrity Chef Fundraiser is sold out. To learn more about the Blessings Fort Wayne Chapter, visit its website.