In support of the contest, Spartan Kids Foundation
donated $25,000 to feed hungry kids.


Blessings in a Backpack partnered with the Spartan Kids Foundation for a nationwide t-shirt design contest to raise funds to help prevent childhood hunger. The nonprofit, which provides food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who suffer from food insecurity, asked children nationwide to use their creative skills and design the new Blessings in a Backpack t-shirt.

Blessings in a Backpack is proud to announce that the contest winner is Nate McDermott, age 9, from Thousand Oaks, CA.

“While this was a fun way for kids to help us with a creative design, it was also about getting them involved in our mission and helping other kids their own ages,” said Nikki Grizzle, Chief Marketing Officer for Blessings in a Backpack. “We received hundreds of creative design entries for this contest, letting people across the country vote for the winning design, and Nate’s design was a perfect fit. We are also so appreciative of the Spartan Kids Foundation for partnering with us for this contest and donating $25,000 to help us feed children who are suffering from food insecurity.”

“We are proud to partner with Blessings and inspired to see the creativity and passion as evidenced by the hundreds of great designs submitted. We want to send along special thanks to all the children who took the time to help kids in need by taking part,” added Alfred Schreiber, Co-director, Spartan Kids Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of Spartan, the world’s leading extreme sports and wellness brand.

As part of having the winning entry, Nate’s design and name will be printed on Blessings in a Backpack’s next t-shirt. This limited-edition t-shirt will range from kids to adult sizes and will be available to purchase on the Blessings in a Backpack website in time for the holiday season. Nate will also receive a Blessings in a Backpack prize package, including his t-shirt, a $50 Amazon gift card and a code for a free Spartan Kids race. Nate’s teacher, Ms. Julie Herder, will receive a $1,000 Amazon gift card made possible by the Spartan Kids Foundation to spend on her classroom wish list.

“This is amazing news,” said Laura McDermott, Nate’s mother. “Nate is so thrilled, and we are extremely proud of him. He is very honored to be a part of supporting such an amazing cause like Blessings in a Backpack!”

The Spartan Kids Foundation donated $20 to Blessings for every contest entry submitted and donated a grant total of $25,000 to the nonprofit to continue feeding hungry kids. Blessings in a Backpack currently feeds over 88,000 children in 1,092 schools across 46 states and the District of Columbia. There are more than 18 million in the United States who are at risk of hunger.

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Hunger has both short- and long-term negative effects on children’s health and ability to succeed in school. Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Blessings in a Backpack will provide 3 million hunger-free weekends this school year for more than 88,000 kids in 46 states and Washington, D.C. Visit to learn how you can end childhood hunger on the weekends in your community.

Since its founding four years ago, Spartan Kids Foundation has helped bring better health and fitness programs to over 50,000 underserved children in more than 200 schools and youth organizations. SKF has also distributed over 1,500 free Kids Race tickets to children who could not otherwise afford to attend. Last year SKF launched the SKF Fitness Grants initiative that has awarded $1,000 cash stipends for 30 Title I schools nationwide.