The idea behind Blessings in a Backpack is pretty simple: The program provides food to families whose children are on a free or reduced-fee meal program to extend the help into the weekends.
A family might get a bag with granola bars, peanut butter, tuna, cereal and macaroni and cheese.
What the community gets back, ideally, is well-fed students who don’t have to worry each weekend about what they are going to eat, and who return to school on Monday focused and ready to learn.
According to the national program’s website, students who participate in Blessings in a Backpack show marked improvement in school attendance, test scores, behavior and health.
A local chapter of the program recently started and serves more than 400 children in three schools. Representatives said they would like to add an additional 900 children.
All money donated goes toward food, not administrative costs.