Our Mission

Filling in the Blanks fights childhood hunger by providing needy children with meals on the weekends.

Who We Support

Filling in the Blanks supports:

Pre-School
Childhood Learning Centers

Elementray Schools
Bedford Hills, Davenport Ridge, KT Murphy, Newfield, Roxbury, Springdale, Stillmeadow, Strawberry Hill, Toquam and Westover Elementary School 

Middle Schools
Domus, Roton and Scofield Magnet Middle School

High School
AITE

Camps
The Boys and Girls Club, Chester Addison Community Center, Horizons and The Yerwood Center

 

What We Do

Filling in the Blanks provides weekend meals to needy children who are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program. This program is available throughout the year, including the summer months. For just $5.25 a weekend, each child is provided with a bag of non-perishable, easy to prepare food items.

Our Founders

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Shawnee Knight, Co-Founder

Shawnee Knight is a passionate chef, community activist, board member, wife and mother. Classically trained at the French Culinary Institute of NYC, co-founding Filling in the Blanks has allowed her to marry her love of food, community and charity. What began with the Connecticut chapter of Blessings in a Backpack has grown into an organization based on Knight’s strong sense of social responsibility to nurture the community’s needy children and inspire others to do the same. Shawnee is a member of the Stamford Food Collaborative, a United Way program, whose mission is to improve access to food, quality of food and sustainability of food for all members of Stamford.  She is also a member of the Stamford Public Schools Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, which focuses on ways to improve the educational well being of the district’s students. When she’s not serving on committees and boards in the area of New Canaan, CT, Knight enjoys spending time with her husband of 19 years and her two boys, ages 16 and 18.

 

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Tina Kramer, Co-Founder

Filling in the Blanks allows Tina to combine her passion for community service and love of children. Through her deep-rooted connections in the community, she has rallied families and children to help raise funds and pack thousands of bags of food for children in need. Tina has served on various charitable boards and committees over the past 14 years. Tina is a member of the Stamford Food Collaborative, a United Way program, whose mission is to improve access to food, quality of food and sustainability of food for all members of Stamford.  She is also a member of the Stamford Public Schools Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, which focuses on ways to improve the educational well being of the district’s students. Tina is currently the Chairperson on the Board of Trustees for StemCivics, a college preparatory high school. Tina received her B.A. from the University of Connecticut.

tkramer@fillingintheblanks.org

Our Board

Shawnee Knight

Co-Founder, Co-President and Treasurer

Tina Kramer

Co-Founder, Co-President, Secretary

Michael Kramer

Director

Douglas Knight

Director

Thomas Conheeney

Director

Robert Gianatasio

Director