Our Mission

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

Our Story

Filling in the Blanks was founded by mothers and community activists, Shawnee Knight and Tina Kramer, who created the nonprofit as a way to marry their loves of community, children, food and charity. In 2013, Knight and Kramer created Filling in the Blanks which has now expanded to include 60 schools throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties and has delivered over ONE MILLION-weekend meals to children in low-income households.

Who We Support

Pre-Schools

NORWALK​​

 

STAMFORD​

 

GREENWICH

  • Family Centers of Greenwich

    • Armstrong Court

    • Gateway​

    • Grauer

Elementary Schools

NORWALK

  • Columbus

  • Jefferson

  • Kendall

  • Marvin

  • Rowayton

  • Silvermine

  • Tracey

  • Naramanke

 

GREENWICH

  • Hamilton Avenue

  • Julian Curtiss

  • New Lebanon

BEDFORD HILLS NY

STAMFORD

WESTPORT

  • Kings Highway

  • Green Farms

  • Long lots

  • Saugatuck

Middle Schools

NORWALK

 

STAMFORD

High Schools

STAMFORD

GREENWICH

  • Windrose

Camps

NORWALK

  • Odyssey Pre-school Camp

  • Stepping Stones Pre-school Camp

  • Grassroots Tennis Summer Camp

  • Family and Children Agency

 

STAMFORD

 

GREENWICH

After School Programs

NORWALK

  • Family and Children's Agency/ASPIRE

  • Grassroots Tennis

 

STAMFORD

  • Future Five

GREENWICH

Partner Agencies

NORWALK​​​​

  • Senior Umbrella

    • Norwalk Housing Authority​​

GREENWICH

  • Meals on Wheels

 

NEW CANAAN

  • New Canaan Food Pantry

Filling in the Blanks provides weekend meals to children in need who are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program. As well as the A.L.I.C.E. Population. 

This program is available throughout the year, including the summer months.

For just $6.00 a weekend, each

child is provided with a bag of non-perishable, easy to prepare food items and a fresh piece of fruit.

Our Founders

Shanee Knight

Shawnee Knight, Co-Director

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.

Tina Kramer

Tina Kramer, Co-Director

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 received her B.A. from the University of Connecticut.

Our Team

Eric Shoji

Administrative Assistant

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Kevin Demmo

Warehouse Coordinator

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Deena Youngs

Deena Youngs

Operations Manager

Our Board

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Thomas Conheeney

Director

Thomas Conheeney is the Founder and CEO of EmeraldRidge Advisors, L.P.  With 30+ years of experience working across multiple asset classes for leading Wall Street firms, he also has played roles in the philanthropic and education communities in Fairfield County. 

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Michael Johnson

Director

Michael Johnson is the Founder and CEO of J5Consulting. After 30+ years in the consulting business, he spent a few years after leaving the firm he founded supporting various causes focused on two areas: Education and Children. The Johnsons have a number of scholarship funds they manage that supports the underserved communities. 

Douglas Knight

Director

As a Managing Partner of Worldtek, Doug harnesses his diverse experience in local, regional and mega agency operations with a focus on the financial aspects of the company. Doug is an industry veteran with one of the most multi-faceted agency insiders in today’s travel management marketplace.

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Michael Kramer

Director

Michael Kramer (51) is a founding member, owner and CEO of Ducera Partners, a boutique investment banking firm based in New York City. Prior to the founding of Ducera, Michael held senior leadership positions at other investment banks, including Perella Weinberg Partners, Greenhill & Co and Houlihan Lokey. 

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Sue Mirza

Director

Ms. Mirza spent 15+ years in corporate banking and private equity before “retiring” to raise her family in Fairfield County and devote her time to philanthropic efforts. She devotes her time locally to Board seats at Filling in the Blanks and Inspirica.