Hunger Doesn’t Take Weekends Off

What Do We Do?

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.

Why Do We Do It?

There are more than 13.1 -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.

Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding over 87,300 children in  nearly 1,092 schools in 45 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

How Much Does it Cost?

As little as $100 feeds one child on the weekends for one 38-week school year through the Blessings in a Backpack program. The Results: Nourished Kids Ready to Learn.

Food is an essential building block, and in this case truly is a blessing, especially to a hungry child!

Visit the Get Involved section of our site to find out the various ways in which you can help Blessings in a Backpack feed more children.

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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.
Childhood Hunger in the United States

  • More than 13 million children in the United States live in food insecure homes. —Feeding America
  • 1 in 5 children doesn’t get the food they need every day. – No Kid Hungry
  • Nearly half of all people who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps)are kids. —No Kid Hungry
  • 3 out of 4 teachers say they have children in their classrooms who regularly come to school
    hungry. —No Kid Hungry
  • Three prevalent consequences of hunger in schools: Inability to concentrate, poor academic performance, & headaches and stomach aches. —No Kid Hungry