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. Eryped 200 Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, eryped 200 ready-to-eat foods, eryped 200 like granola bars, eryped 200 juice boxes, eryped 200 mac and cheese, eryped 200 and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Eryped 200 The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Eryped 200 Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, eryped 200 increased hospitalization, eryped 200 lower IQ, eryped 200 shorter attention spans, eryped 200 and lower academic achievement. Eryped 200 Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, eryped 200 but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, eryped 200 too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, eryped 200000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Eryped 200 states and three countries - Canada, eryped 200 Columbia and Haiti. Eryped 200 The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Eryped 200 We are feeding the future of America, eryped 200 one school at a time.