Blessings in a Backpack 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. Atem Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, atem ready-to-eat foods, atem like granola bars, atem juice boxes, atem mac and cheese, atem and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Atem The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Atem Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, atem increased hospitalization, atem lower IQ, atem shorter attention spans, atem and lower academic achievement. Atem Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, atem but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, atem too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, atem000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Atem states and three countries - Canada, atem Columbia and Haiti. Atem The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Atem We are feeding the future of America, atem one school at a time.