Blessings in a Backpack is celebrating its 10th birthday this school year!
Share your birthday with kids facing food insecurity. Make a difference by asking for hunger-free weekends instead of personal gifts.
You’re already on the right page! Fill out the simple form below to let us know your intention to share your birthday and then share your commitment with your friends and family!
CHANGE THE WORLD
When your birthday is close, someone from the Blessings team will share a simple guide on how to create a fundraising page. Then you’ll be ready to start asking your friends and family to contribute in your honor! Asking for personal gifts for your birthday can be uncomfortable but asking for hunger-free weekends is easy.
FEED THE KIDS THIS WEEKEND
You made a difference. Efforts will provide hunger-free weekends for children living with food insecurity across the country.
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.
Blessings in a Backpack is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization currently feeding over 87,300 children in more than 1,000 schools in 45 U.S. states and the
District of Columbia.
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.
Children fed by Blessings experience the following impact on their lives:
- 59% find it is easier to learn at school.
- 60% have fewer behavioral issues.
- 78% feel cared for by their community.
- 71% feel they are helping their family.
- 60% of children report that their school attendance is better.
The Facts: Childhood Hunger in the United States
More than 13 million children in the United States live in food insecure homes. —Feeding America
3 out of 4 teachers say they have children in their classrooms who regularly come to school hungry.
—No Kid Hungry
People who are food insecure are almost twice as likely to have diabetes as those who have consistent
access to food.—National Health and Examination Survey
Hungry kids are more likely to contemplate suicide and have other mental-health problems. —The Atlantic
Kids experiencing hunger and lack of nutrition have difficulty concentrating, headaches, stomachaches, and, in turn, are less likely to graduate from high school. —National Commission on Hunger