How It Works
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.
Every school-aged child in America has the nourishment needed to learn and grow. As a leader in the movement to end childhood hunger, Blessings in a Backpack strives to ensure children do not go hungry on the weekends by empowering individuals and communities to take action.
Why Do We Do It:
There are more than 11 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.
Blessings in a Backpack is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization currently feeding over 87,000 children in 1,092 schools in 45 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
How Much Does it Cost?
$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 truly is a blessing, especially to a hungry child!
Visit the Get Involved section of our site to find out the various ways in which you can help Blessings in a Backpack feed more children.
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Click here for the 2019-2020 School Year Impact Report.
The Beginning of Blessings in a Backpack
Blessings in a Backpack has partnered with Quaker Oats and Ipsos, a leading global market research company, on a national evaluation project that measures program impact on a deeper level than bags and pounds of food distributed.This project involved various Blessings’ stakeholders, such as children and teachers, in the evaluation process. Surveys found that, in addition to no longer feeling weekend hunger pangs, children fed by Blessings experience the following impact on their lives:
- 78% of kids feel cared for by their community.
- 71% of kids feel that Blessings is helping their family.
- 60% of kids have fewer behavioral issues.
- 60% of children report that their school attendance is better.
- 59% find it is easier to learn at school
Childhood Hunger in the United States
More than 11 million children in the United States live in food insecure homes.
One in seven children does not get the food they need every day.
Three out of four teachers say they have children in their classrooms who regularly come to school hungry.
—No Kid Hungry
Three prevalent consequences of hunger in schools: inability to concentrate, poor academic performance, and headaches and stomach aches.
—No Kid Hungry
Nearly half (44%) of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) are kids.
—Center on Budget and Policy Priorities