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. Rifampicin Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, rifampicin ready-to-eat foods, rifampicin like granola bars, rifampicin juice boxes, rifampicin mac and cheese, rifampicin and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Rifampicin The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Rifampicin Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, rifampicin increased hospitalization, rifampicin lower IQ, rifampicin shorter attention spans, rifampicin and lower academic achievement. Rifampicin Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, rifampicin but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, rifampicin too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, rifampicin000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Rifampicin states and three countries - Canada, rifampicin Columbia and Haiti. Rifampicin The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Rifampicin We are feeding the future of America, rifampicin one school at a time.