B is for Blessings in a Backpack

Posted: April 5, 2011 in Charity, Children, Food, Helping Others, Hunger

Feeding the Future of America

“Hunger Doesn’t Take Weekends Off”- That phrase says it all. Hunger is real. It is happening in our backyard, at our neighbor’s house, and in places far away. For many, hunger is a real threat. Children are often the ones who suffer. Blessings in a Backpack is a non-profit organization that helps feed children in 32 U.S. states, Canada, Columbia and Haiti.

The Blessings in a Backpack program helps families who “qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal program, and have little to no food on the weekends.” Each student who qualifies is given a backpack on Friday when leaving school. This backpack is filled with food, often staple foods that require little to no preparation, for the child and his/her family on the weekend. The child then returns the backpack to school the following Monday and is ready to learn.

Blessings in a Backpack is a discreet program for children whose families cannot afford to buy food. According to the organizations website, an $80 can support one child throughout one full school year and provide food for them on the weekends. Some of the foods that can be found in the backpack include peanut butter, cereal, pop-tarts, juice boxes and instant noodles.

Visit Blessings in a Backpack- Feeding the Future of America to find out about local backpack programs in your area.

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  1. Marie Anne says:

    What an awesome idea! I’m headed here right now to find a local program, or one in an area that’s special to me

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