Blessings in a Backpack is up and running at all three elementary schools in Powell, feeding 73 kids a week. A small team of coordinators at Union Presbyterian Church keep the project organized, although it is a community-wide effort.
Blessings in a Backpack, a national non-profit, provides elementary schoolchildren who are on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with a backpack of food to take home for 38 weekends during the school year. Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, mac and cheese, and oatmeal. The difference in academics, school attendance, behavior and health between a well-nourished child and a hungry child is profound.
In Powell, each backpack averages about $6.50 per child; or just under $475 per week. Both IGA and Blair’s give food at cost to the program, but several items are only available at WalMart.
In 2012, St. John’s supported this project with $500 from the general budget, and we plan to continue to give to this program in 2013. You may make a donation to the Outreach Committee if you wish to be part of our gift this year, or if you wish to help with packing, come on Thursdays at 3:30 pm each week to the Presbyterian Church.
For more info: blessingsinabackpack.org