Too many children go hungry on weekends, a local crisis that is playing out across the country. Today nearly 18 million children live in so-called “food insecure” homes where hunger is a passing or permanent part of life.
Of the more than 20 million children who receive free or reduced-price lunch each school day, less than half receive breakfast and only 10 percent access summer feeding sites. This realization is life-changing. Getting that backpack means that child is going to eat. When a child opens the backpack, they know they matter, that someone is behind them. Blessings in a Backpack provides backpacks full of food to hungry schoolchildren every Friday to help get them through the weekend. It is a results-oriented program. This unique program is designed to feed elementary school children whose families have little or no food on the weekends.
Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program. Blessings in a Backpack is currently feeding over 50,000 children in 376 schools across 39 U.S. states and three countries, and growing. They are feeding the future of America, one school, one child at a time.
Blessings in a Backpack partners with America to ensure impoverished elementary school children are fed on the weekends throughout the school year.
Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program.