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. Pardelprin Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, pardelprin ready-to-eat foods, pardelprin like granola bars, pardelprin juice boxes, pardelprin mac and cheese, pardelprin and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Pardelprin The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Pardelprin Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, pardelprin increased hospitalization, pardelprin lower IQ, pardelprin shorter attention spans, pardelprin and lower academic achievement. Pardelprin Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, pardelprin but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, pardelprin too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, pardelprin000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Pardelprin states and three countries - Canada, pardelprin Columbia and Haiti. Pardelprin The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Pardelprin We are feeding the future of America, pardelprin one school at a time.