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.
- 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.
- 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