Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Your program only costs as little as $80 a year? How is that possible?
Blessings in a Backpack has created various menus of non-perishable food items that will feed a child over the weekend for as little $2.10 per week. Blessings also has a $100 menu option that breaks down to $2.63 per week.
How much of my donation goes to feeding the children in your program? How do I designate for my school?
100% of your donation goes to feed the children. To designate a specific school, make a notation on your check if you are mailing, or note in the appropriate field if making the donation on-line.
How is the Blessings in a Backpack organization funded?
The administrative costs and infrastructure are funded by a combination of private, corporations, foundations and businesses. If you have an interest in helping to fund the national office please reach out to us directly.
How do I start/adopt a school?
To identify a school, begin by talking to school counselors at schools in your area to determine where the need is the greatest. To get more information on starting a program, please review the Blessings in a Backpack overview document.
How long will the program last at the school I adopt?
We ask that if you start a program you plan to be committed to feeding the children for three years at a minimum.
How do I start fundraising?
To begin fundraising, start by asking local businesses, churches, synagogues and prominent members of your community for donations. You can also hold fundraising events, see our website under the “Get Involved” tab for ideas. All funds raised are tax deductible as we are a 501(c)(3) organization. We will respond to each written or online donation with a Thank You letter confirming their donation and our non-profit status for tax deductions.
What do I do with the money I raise?
Send all tax deductible donations to Blessings in a Backpack at the address below. A fund in the name of your school will be created on your behalf and monies will be distributed when you start purchasing food for your program.
Blessings in a Backpack Bank Lockbox
P.O. Box 950291
Louisville, KY 40295
What type of food items are in the backpacks?
All items are non-perishable, kid friendly food and contain three of the four essential food groups. Items include but are not limited to granola bars, raisins, apple sauce, crackers, macaroni and cheese, soups, etc.
Can I add other food items or non-food items to the backpacks?
This is addressed on a school by school basis.
How are the backpacks dispersed to the children?
This is left up to the discretion of the school counselor and/or Principal. Generally the backpacks are stuffed with food the Thursday before they are distributed on Friday.
Where do the backpacks come from?
The backpacks are provided free of charge by the national Blessings in a Backpack, Inc. organization.
How do I hold a backpack fundraiser? Where do I send them once I collect them and do I pay for shipping?
A backpack fundraiser could be an event where the price of admission, or part of the price, is to bring a new backpack. Parties, where backpacks are brought in lieu of gifts.
How can I volunteer?
Each program/school coordinates their volunteers, please contact your local school with a Blessings program for information.