There are nearly 13 million children experiencing food insecurity. That’s one in six American children who may be struggling with access to food.
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. We want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, too.
This back-to-school season, we’re partnering with and raising money for Blessings in a Backpack - a national, non-profit organization with the goal of preventing childhood hunger on the weekends for the kids who need it most.
Founded in 2005, 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.
They serve 88,900 students in 1,092 schools spread throughout 46 states and the District of Columbia. During the 2020/21 school year, Blessings in a Backpack distributed 2.2 million bags of ready-to-eat food to children in need.
$130 will feed 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, it is truly a blessing, especially to a hungry child!