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. Pilex Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, pilex ready-to-eat foods, pilex like granola bars, pilex juice boxes, pilex mac and cheese, pilex and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Pilex The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Pilex Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, pilex increased hospitalization, pilex lower IQ, pilex shorter attention spans, pilex and lower academic achievement. Pilex Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, pilex but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, pilex too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, pilex000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Pilex states and three countries - Canada, pilex Columbia and Haiti. Pilex The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Pilex We are feeding the future of America, pilex one school at a time.