Giving Back Spotlight: Blessings in a Backpack
One in five kids in the United States doesn’t have access to healthy, affordable food on the weekends. These kids rely on meals at school through the Free and Affordable Lunch program, but from Friday evening through Monday morning they don’t have enough to eat.
That means 13 million kids are at risk of suffering the consequences of hunger—physical health issues, poor academic performance, shorter attention span, and more.
That’s where Blessings in a Backpack comes in.
What is Blessings in a Backpack?
Blessings in a Backpack provides food for elementary school-aged kids to take home on the weekends. Volunteers around the country pack the bags with nutritious food and schools give them to kids who are at risk of food insecurity.
The organization was started in 2005 and now serves over 87,000 children throughout 45 states. Blessings conducted research into the impact it has on kids, and they found that:
- 59% find it easier to learn at school
- 78% feel cared for by their community
- 71% feel that they are helping their family
- 60% say they get in trouble less
These are amazing outcomes, and Blessings wants to help as many children as possible experience them. It costs as little as $100 to feed one child on the weekends for a full school year—if you’d like to get involved, you can learn how you can help on their website.
Josh Harrison, Cam Heyward, and Blessings in a Backpack
We were excited to have two opportunities to join forces with local chapters of Blessings in a Backpack.
The first was with baseball player Josh Harrison and Dreambuilders and the second was with football player Cam Heyward and his foundation, The Heyward House. Each time, we adopted a local school and provided food for an entire school year.
“Worrying about when they’ll get their next meal is the last thing any child should have to experience," Cam said. "I’m excited to team up with Blessings in a Backpack to help as many kids as we can, one backpack at a time.”
How You Can Help
There are always more schools and more kids who need help. Blessings in a Backpack has opportunities to volunteer, donate, and can help you start your own program. Make sure to check out their website if you would like to become a part of the Blessings in a Backpack team. Every dollar counts and goes a long way towards making sure no child spends their weekends hungry.