Office of Attorney General of Florida

05/21/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/21/2019 15:20

BACK THE BLUE ALERT: Attorney General Moody Recognizes Lee County School Resource Officer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-Attorney General Ashley Moody today presented a Back the Blue Award to School Resource Officer Donna Aiossa-McNally highlighting the selfless service of a great officer who helps special needs students. Deputy Aiossa-McNally serves at Buckingham Exceptional Student Center in Fort Myers and turned her office into a food pantry for special needs students to shop for food. By creating this food pantry and the shopping experience, Deputy Aiossa-McNally is teaching students important vocational skills. The food pantry is especially significant at Buckingham because 78 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced lunches.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, 'School Resource Officers are important to the schools they serve in many ways, and after visiting School Resource Officer Donna Aiossa-McNally's school today, it is clear how valued she is by these students and the impact she has made on her school. Deputy Aiossa-McNally has a huge heart. I love the confidence and independence she is building with her students. Thank you, Deputy Aiossa-McNally for going above and beyond your duties, for building a strong relationship between local law enforcement and your community, and for simply being the good person you are.'

Deputy Aiossa-McNally started the food pantry by personally stocking the shelves and is now partnered with Harry Chapin Food Bank to ensure the shelves are always full. Harry Chapin Food Bank delivers 400 to 500 pounds of food to the school every Friday.

If anyone wishes to support Deputy Aiossa-McNally's food pantry, donations or food can be sent to Harry Chapin Food Bank. For more information, click