Hunger Doesn't Take The Weekends Off

 

What Do We Do?

  • Blessings in a Backpack provides elementary schoolchildren who are on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with a backpack of food to take home for 38 weekends during the school year
  • Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62,000 children in 546 schools in 43 U.S. states
  • The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. We are feeding the future of America, one school at a time

 

Why Do We Do It?

  • There are 20+ 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

  

We Provide Weekend Nourishment to School Children on the Federal Free and Reduced Meal Program

 
 

 

Typical Backpack Food Items

  • The backpacks include ready-to-eat food items such as granola bars, peanut butter, tuna, crackers, mac & cheese, cereal, juice boxes, etc.
  • Blessings in a Backpack reviews its standard menu with a nutritionist annually to make sure the food is kid-friendly, nutritious, non-perishable and easy-to-prepare
  • Most of these kids live in a world where some food is better than no food

 

The Results: Nourished Kids Ready to Learn

  • Students who participate in the Blessings in a Backpack program show marked improvement in school attendance, test scores, behavior, and health
  • Food is an essential building block, and in this case truly is a blessing, especially to a hungry child!
  • Visit the Volunteer section of our site to find out the various ways in which you can help Blessings in a Backpack feed more children

  

Facts about Duval County

  • Over 52% of children in Duval County public schools are on the free and reduced meal program and the numbers are increasing
  • Over 60,000 children in 546 schools and in 43 states are currently being fed by Blessings in a Backpack
  • We are currently feeding 2,000 kids per week at 7 area schools
  • In conjunction with Publix, our local grocery partner, it costs only $80 to feed a child for the entire 38 week school year
 

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25% of the purchase price will go directly back to our cause to help feed hungry children!

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$80 Feeds A Child For The Entire School Year

All donations are tax deductible since we are a 501(c)3 organization.

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How Can I Make A Difference?

From volunteering to adopting a school, we are looking for help to expand the Jacksonville program to meet the needs of the community.

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