Blessings in a Backpack, Spartan Kids seeking nominations for Warrior for Kids


Blessings in a Backpack and the Spartan Kids Foundation are searching nationwide for “Warriors for Kids.” The competition is to “recognize individuals who have brought joy to children during these uncertain times,” according to the announcement.

“From teachers going above and beyond for their students to restaurant employees donating meals to food-insecure families, we have seen so many heroes step up to be a warrior for local kids,” said Brooke Wiseman, CEO of Blessings in a Backpack.

For every nomination, the Spartan Kids Foundation will donate $25 to Blessings in a Backpack’s anti-hunger efforts. Each nominator will be entered to win a prize package from bag and luggage company Vera Bradley.

And the winning Warrior for Kids will get a $1,000 Amazon gift card. A live drawing for the winner will be held Dec. 1, on Blessings in a Backpack’s social media.

To nominate yourself or someone else, go to Blessings in a Backpack’s Warrior for Kids webpage.

One nominee is Sarah Weedman, who teaches 2nd grade at Atkinson Elementary School in Louisville.

“Whether it’s making her classroom a fun learning environment with decorations, her lesson plans based on popular song lyrics or making sure every student has a Christmas gift under the tree, Sarah loves teaching, and it shows,” her nominator said. “Sarah has worked endlessly during the pandemic to make sure her students have access to food, support and anything else they may need.”

Blessings in a Backpack is a nonprofit organization that provides weekend meals to more than 87,000 elementary school children who might otherwise go hungry. The Spartan Kids Foundation, launched in 2016, has brought health and fitness programs to more than 50,000 underserved children and given out 1,500 Kids Race tickets to children who couldn’t afford to attend otherwise. Last year the nonprofit group began awarding $1,000 SKF Fitness Grants to 30 Title I schools nationwide.