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. Innovace Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, innovace ready-to-eat foods, innovace like granola bars, innovace juice boxes, innovace mac and cheese, innovace and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Innovace The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Innovace Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, innovace increased hospitalization, innovace lower IQ, innovace shorter attention spans, innovace and lower academic achievement. Innovace Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, innovace but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, innovace too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, innovace000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Innovace states and three countries - Canada, innovace Columbia and Haiti. Innovace The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Innovace We are feeding the future of America, innovace one school at a time.