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. Calutide Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, calutide ready-to-eat foods, calutide like granola bars, calutide juice boxes, calutide mac and cheese, calutide and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Calutide The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Calutide Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, calutide increased hospitalization, calutide lower IQ, calutide shorter attention spans, calutide and lower academic achievement. Calutide Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, calutide but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, calutide too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, calutide000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Calutide states and three countries - Canada, calutide Columbia and Haiti. Calutide The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Calutide We are feeding the future of America, calutide one school at a time.