It’s Saturday night and you’re hungry, so you make your way to the kitchen and are greeted with endless possibilities of what you will fill your stomach with. Whether it’s the leftovers from last night’s dinner out or your favorite frozen meal, you have options.
For many children in the Unites States there are no options. There are no vegetable bins with apples and bananas. No leftover burritos or frozen pizzas to satisfy their hunger. Nothing. Their cabinets are bare and their stomachs are empty.
In the Unites States, 69% of children are on the Federal Free & Reduced Meal Plan. This means they are offered breakfast and lunch at school, five days a week. But when the bell rings on Friday, and students are sent home for two days with no cafeteria, many of these children go hungry. This is where Blessings in a Backpack comes in.
Blessings partners with America to provide underprivileged children with backpacks full of food for the weekend when there is no school breakfast or lunch. By providing children with child-friendly, non-perishable items, Blessings knows these children will have enough to sustain themselves over the two-day break.
Our concept is simple, but the outcome is amazing. Attendance in school is up, nurse visits are down, and in many cases, teachers have seen a decrease in behavioral issues and an increase in test scores.
Thanks to partners like Alex and Ani and the Completely Blessed Bangle, we are able to continue with our mission and ensure that there are fewer hungry bellies in this country every weekend.
Written by Nikki Grizzle, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Blessings in a Backpack