Delta Pilots Charitable Fund Feeds Kids as Childhood Hunger Numbers Soar to New Heights
As closures caused by COVID-19 lead to a rise in unemployment and poverty, it’s estimated that 18 million children are now experiencing food insecurity — a significant increase from the 11 million children who were struggling with steady access to food before the pandemic.
Whether kids are learning in the classroom or online, Blessings in a Backpack continues to answer the call, “Who will feed the kids this weekend?” It’s because of remarkable partners like the Delta Pilots Charitable Fund that Blessings in a Backpack can provide bags of food for thousands of children across America who might otherwise go hungry.
In May 2020, the Delta Pilots Charitable Fund gave a generous gift of $100,000 that helped provide 25,000 bags of healthy, satisfying food, divided up among 11 Blessings programs nationwide. The recipient programs were in the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, and Salt Lake City, Utah.
The parent of a Blessings’ recipient in Livonia, Mich., shared, “I have been getting lunches for the kids, [and] they haven’t been liking anything. So, I was like, ‘I’ll go today and give it one more try,’ and they had a Blessings [in a Backpack] pack. My kids are so happy! Thank you to you and your team who do this for the kids and families! It’s much appreciated, especially right now.”
“The Delta Pilots Charitable Fund is proud to partner with organizations like Blessings in a Backpack to promote the health, education, and welfare of children,” said Capt. Jon Hensler of the Delta Pilot Charitable Fund. “Children are our nation’s most precious resource, and we are glad to be able to help ensure they are healthily nourished in a time when they otherwise might not be.”
Blessings in a Backpack is grateful for the support of the Delta Pilots Charitable Fund and all our COVID-19 response partners, who helped us feed kids when schools were closed. Learn more about our COVID-19 response by clicking here.
Learn more about Delta Pilots Charitable Fund at deltapilotscharitablefund.org.