Melissa Peter, Program Director
Bayou City Blessings Chapter Founder
Melissa is a speech-language pathologist and worked for 15 years in the Spring Branch Independent School District, helping to develop a classroom-based intervention model. In 2012, after learning more about “food deserts” and the food insecurity that many of our Houston children face every day, Melissa continued her educational partnership with local schools and with Holy Spirit Episcopal Church and School, started Bayou City Blessings in a Backpack, a local program of the national charitable organization, Blessings in a Backpack. Starting in 2012 with 60 children at Blackshear Elementary and 10 children at Spring Shadows Elementary, the program has grown to currently serve 1,000 children in the two schools, assembling and delivering weekend food packs to each child every Friday during the 38 weeks of school. Melissa and husband, Kevin, have been married almost 25 years and have three boys: Jacob (20), Caston (17) and Grayson (15).