When school dismisses on Friday, 11,000 CHILDREN IN FT. WAYNE, IN will leave their classroom, uncertain whether they will have enough food to eat that weekend.
70% OF ELEMENTARY CHILDREN IN FT. WAYNE face food insecurity.
During the school week, most of these children depend on their school's meal program, and that food is sometimes all they have for the day. When the school closes its doors on Friday afternoon, many of these children go home to empty cupboards and hunger for 65 HOURS until they return to school on Monday.
For a developing child, consistent nutrition is critical to leading a full, healthy life and succeeding at school. Food insecurity impacts childrens health, social development, cognitive growth and general well-being.
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.
Each Friday of the school year, hundreds of volunteers come together to send home a bag of food with children who face hunger that weekend. This year, 1,700 CHILDREN each week will experience HUNGER-FREE WEEKENDS, thanks to the efforts of these dedicated volunteers and Blessings in a Backpack.
Student survey results show that children fed by Blessings in a Backpack experience the followng positive results:
78% FEEL CARED FOR BY THEIR COMMUNITY
71% FEEL THEY ARE HELPING THEIR FAMILY
60% HAVE FEWER BEHAVIORAL ISSUES
59% FIND IT IS EASIER TO LEARN AT SCHOOL