One in five American children faces food insecurity — more than the populations of New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago combined. During the school week, most of these children depend on the federal free and reduced meal program their school offers. Sometimes, the meals at school are the only ones they get. When the school closes it doors on Friday afternoon, many of these children go home to empty cupboards and empty bellies for 65 hours until they return to school on Monday morning. Who will feed the kids this weekend?
Blessings in a Backpack started its first program in Louisville at Roosevelt Perry Elementary School in 2005. Through the service and commitment of dedicated volunteers, partners, and donors, we ended the 2018–2019 school year feeding more than 87,000 children at more than 1,100 schools in 47 states and Washington D.C.
Learn more about Blessings in a Backpack at blessingsinabackpack.org
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.
Every school-aged child in America has the nourishment needed to learn and grow. As a leader in the movement to end childhood hunger, Blessings strives to ensure children don't go hungry on the weekends by empowering individuals and communities to take action.
The food from Blessings in a Backpack keeps hunger at bay until children return to school on Monday morning. But the impact goes beyond removing food insecurity — children are nourished and ready to learn!