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Who We Are

Welcome to Feeding Empty Little Tummies, dedicated to feeding Manatee County’s most needy – homeless and food insecure students – one backpack at a time!

An Elementary school is a place where the first social and community life of a child starts. It becomes a second home for boys and girls, all of whom are naturally curious about the world around them, as well as excited about learning. Unfortunately,  there’s approximately 3,500 homeless in Manatee County, and many of these are children.

In 2010 Jane L Evers introduced Feeding Empty Little Tummies to three Manatee County public schools.  Today, Jane’s vision to provide nutritious meals to homeless students is still being fulfilled by our dedicated board, volunteers and community leaders who service 32 schools and over 800 homeless and food insecure children.

Each child in the F.E.L.T. backpack program is pre-qualified by Project Heart, the Manatee School District’s Title X Homeless Education Program, providing education related support services for students who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Project Heart comes under the McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act that provides defined qualifications.

These include children and youth sharing housing due to the loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason, living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations, living in emergency or transitional shelters, or living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, as well as children awaiting permanent Foster Care.

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Any journey that opens your eyes and touches your heart is one that is worth taking.

Feeding Empty Little Tummies is a unique program designed to help end child hunger in our local community. It was founded in 2010 to feed our homeless children on weekends, a time when these children often go hungry.

Today, F.E.L.T. is the only backpack program in Manatee County that provides proper fresh nutritious food to over 800 children weekly.

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For more than 11 years, we’ve been passionate about eliminating child hunger.

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F.E.L.T. Timeline

With a community of over 1500 homeless or food insecure children, the F.E.L.T. Backpack Meals for Children Program grew from 3 schools and 80 children to 72 schools and 1355 children, with almost 1,000,000 million meals served. Our goal with your help, is to end child hunger for all 1500 children in Manatee County.

April 2011

Feeding Empty Little Tummies Started

The mission to provide meals to homeless children began in a basement, then moved to a garage, to provide meals to 30 children in 3 schools.
April 2011
August 2015

Provided Meals to 65 children in 12 Schools

The backpack program to provide weekend meals to children expanded with the help of volunteers.
August 2015
July 2018

Moved F.E.L.T. to a Commercial Building to Store More Food and Distribute More Backpacks.Rented

A local property owner was gracious to provide F.E.L.T. with a commercial space which enabled storing more food to provide meals to more children.
July 2018
March 2020

Purchased and renovated a New Building to Expand Operations

March 2020


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