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. Prochic Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, prochic ready-to-eat foods, prochic like granola bars, prochic juice boxes, prochic mac and cheese, prochic and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Prochic The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Prochic Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, prochic increased hospitalization, prochic lower IQ, prochic shorter attention spans, prochic and lower academic achievement. Prochic Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, prochic but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, prochic too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, prochic000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Prochic states and three countries - Canada, prochic Columbia and Haiti. Prochic The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Prochic We are feeding the future of America, prochic one school at a time.