Blessings in a Backpack has partnered with Quaker Oats and Ipsos, a leading global market research company, to develop a national evaluation project that measures program impact on a deeper level than bags and pounds of food distributed. This multi-year project will involve various Blessings’ stakeholders, such as children and teachers, in the evaluation process.

During the first year of the project, student surveys found that, in addition to no longer feeling weekend hunger pangs, children fed by Blessings experience the following impact on their lives:

  • 59% find it is easier to learn at school.
  • 60% do not get in trouble as much.
  • 78% feel cared for by their community.
  • 71% feel they are helping their family.
  • 60% of children report that their school attendance is better.

In addition to this quantitative data, click here for Blessings in a Backpack impact stories.