Lipman Family Farms, a field tomato grower based in Immokalee, FL, held its annual 5K Run for Backpacks as a hybrid event this past weekend.
Each year, the company hosts this community event to raise money for its Backpack Giveaway and Back-to-School event in August, where backpacks full of school supplies are distributed to children in the Immokalee area. All proceeds from the 5K Run will fund students’ supplies and tools needed to start their school year on the right foot.
“Since the beginning, we’ve been committed to giving back to our communities with a focus on supporting education, children and hunger relief,” said Jaime Weisinger, director of community relations at Lipman Family Farms. “As a family company with roots in Immokalee, we have strong pride for our community and giving back however we can.”
Lipman's 5K Run for Backpacks raised a record amount of donations in its 7th annual year.
The 5K this past weekend raised a record amount of donations from sponsors and runners.
“The need is great in this community, but the spirit of generosity is even greater,” Weisinger said. “Everyone who ran, walked, donated or sponsored the 5K race should know they will make a real difference in children’s lives. Supporting schools and education is more critical than ever right now.”
Lipman Family Farms has been active in the fight to relieve stress from the impacts of COVID-19 this past year. It has donated more than $1 million worth of produce to food banks, schools and healthcare facilities, and it looks forward to coming together as a community to help ease the stress of return to school for both children and their families in August.