Lipman, one of North America’s largest field tomato growers, recently distributed more than 1,200 backpacks filled with school supplies to Immokalee, FL, elementary and middle school students at a community event at the Immokalee Sports Complex.
“We look forward to our backpack distribution event every year because it’s such a meaningful way to give back to the families and children in the Immokalee community,” Jaime Weisinger, community relations director for Lipman, said in a press release.“Encouraging education is very important to us, and we hope to serve even more children in the coming years.”
Funds to purchase the backpacks and school supplies were collected during the produce company’s “Homerun Harvest” softball tournament, held each April. Sponsors included Everglades Farm Equipment, Bronco Packaging, Aljoma Lumber, Bruno Air Conditioning, Immokalee Produce Shippers and Produce Connection.
In addition to the backpack distribution, more than 30 local organizations provided information and services to families during the event, including Habitat for Humanity; Immokalee Friendship House; Naples Shelter for Abused Women and Children; University of Florida/IFAS Extension; Health Care Network of Southwest Florida/Marion Fether Medical Center; Susan G. Komen Network; Imaginarium Science Center; Boys & Girls Club of Collier County; and PACE Center for Girls. Representatives from the Immokalee Fire Control District displayed emergency vehicles, and the Sheriff’s Department’s Crime Prevention Unit provided educational materials.