Johnson Brothers of Florida helps lower-income children with a $9.6 million contribution to the Step Up for Students Scholarship Program
By Paul Soost
TAMPA, FL — Johnson Brothers of Florida, one of the top beverage distributors in the state, announced today a contribution of $9.6 million to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program through Step Up For Students, serving lower-income children in Florida.
Johnson Brothers’ donation allowed more than 1,468 K-12 students to attend the school of their choice for the 2017-18 school year.
“Finding the right school for your child to attend is important to every family, regardless of their income and the neighborhood they live in. Johnson Brothers is thrilled to support a program that so positively affects the lives of Florida children,” said Frank Galante, president of Johnson Brothers of Florida. “We are proud of the difference we are making in our community and look forward to our continued partnership with Step Up For Students.”
The donation was announced during Johnson Brothers sales meeting held at their corporate office in Tampa. Brenda Budd, principal of St. Joseph Catholic School, attended the event and shared a few stories of families at her school who have benefited from the scholarship program.
“We at St. Joseph Catholic School have benefitted greatly from the generosity of Johnson Brothers of Florida. Their commitment to ensure students can attend their school of choice has allowed us to educate children that would not have the opportunity to receive a private Catholic education,” said Principal Brenda Henson Budd. “Johnson Brothers of Florida and Step Up for Students is helping our students to be on the pathway to achieving our school goals of College and Heaven.”
This is the sixth consecutive year Johnson Brothers of Florida has contributed to the non-profit organization that administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program for financially disadvantaged school-children.