Blessings in a Backpack
What Do They Do?
Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.
Why Do They Do It?
There are more than 16.2 -million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, increased hospitalization, lower IQ, shorter attention spans, and lower academic achievement. Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, too.
Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding over 89,000 children in nearly 1100 schools in 47 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in schools. We are feeding the future of America, one school at a time.
How Much Does it Cost?
$100 feeds one child on the weekends for one 38-week school year through the Blessings in a Backpack program. The Results: Nourished Kids Ready to Learn.
Food is an essential building block, and in this case truly is a blessing, especially to a hungry child!
Visit the Get Involved section of our site to find out the various ways in which you can help Blessings in a Backpack feed more children.
Read about Sharon Stone’s involvement with this great cause.