Our law firm has teamed up with Pittsburgh baseball star Josh Harrison to support Blessings in a Backpack. This tremendous organization helps feed children in need during the weekends when there isn't access to regular school meals.
Each week, volunteers collect food donations and pack them in backpacks. The backpacks are distributed to elementary school students who might otherwise go hungry over the weekend.
Josh, along with his wife Brittney, has been overwhelmingly active in supporting this wonderful program. Through their generous, dedicated assistance, Blessings in a Backpack has been able to thrive.
High school student-helpers associated with Blessings in a Backpack (BIB) have assisted hundreds of children in our area by collecting, packing, and distributing backpacks.
When these student leaders graduate, they will hopefully pass the torch along to the next generation of volunteers. However, it's not just students getting involved. All across the nation, teachers, community groups, parents, and PTO members are running their own Blessings in a Backpack programs.
Dr. Michael Frazetta, local community member and organizer of Pittsburgh's Blessings in a Backpack chapter, said he and his family were first involved with the program through PGA golfer Justin Rose.
"He and his wife, Kate, sponsor many children through Blessings in a Backpack in Orlando, Florida," Frazetta recalls. "Kate recommended we start our own chapter here locally in the Pittsburgh area. We started by sponsoring 50 kids and, through our efforts and generous community support, the numbers grew."
Today, there are many Blessings in a Backpack chapters throughout Pennsylvania and many more elementary schools that still need help.
Feeding hungry children not only fills their bellies, but also energizes them to feel better and perform well in school. A healthy body can lead to a healthy, nurtured mind. Studies have shown that cognitive function and physical health are directly related. Children who feel well will perform well in turn.
If you're interested in getting involved with Blessings in a Backpack, visit their website at blessingsinabackpack.org. You can donate your time, money, food items, and much more.
When you invest in children, good things happen. That's why our law firm is out there with Josh Harrison, so we can hit a home run for children in need.