Renee Pantani is continuing the legacy that her late motherin- law, 2013 Beacon Award winner Johanne Pantani, began. Many years ago, Johanne went on a mission trip down south and saw a bus delivering food to local children. She said, “I’m going home and I’m doing that.” Minus the bus, Feed Branford Kids (FBK) was created. Today, the organization provides weekend meals for elementary school children who would otherwise not have access to food. Volunteers from FBK pack backpacks full of lunches, juice boxes, milk, and breakfasts and then pass them on to the school social workers who hand them out to those in need. They provide extra food during school vacation weeks and are on a mission to expand the program to help Branford middle- and high school students as well. Renee is also proud to be a part of Christmas Caddy, a Secret Santa Program that her in-laws started. Christmas Caddy collects Toys for the Branford Counseling Center to give out at Christmas time.