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. Dutas Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, dutas ready-to-eat foods, dutas like granola bars, dutas juice boxes, dutas mac and cheese, dutas and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Dutas The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Dutas Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, dutas increased hospitalization, dutas lower IQ, dutas shorter attention spans, dutas and lower academic achievement. Dutas Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, dutas but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, dutas too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, dutas000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Dutas states and three countries - Canada, dutas Columbia and Haiti. Dutas The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Dutas We are feeding the future of America, dutas one school at a time.