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. Mareen Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, mareen ready-to-eat foods, mareen like granola bars, mareen juice boxes, mareen mac and cheese, mareen and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Mareen The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Mareen Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, mareen increased hospitalization, mareen lower IQ, mareen shorter attention spans, mareen and lower academic achievement. Mareen Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, mareen but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, mareen too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, mareen000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Mareen states and three countries - Canada, mareen Columbia and Haiti. Mareen The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Mareen We are feeding the future of America, mareen one school at a time.