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. Sterapred Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, sterapred ready-to-eat foods, sterapred like granola bars, sterapred juice boxes, sterapred mac and cheese, sterapred and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Sterapred The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Sterapred Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, sterapred increased hospitalization, sterapred lower IQ, sterapred shorter attention spans, sterapred and lower academic achievement. Sterapred Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, sterapred but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, sterapred too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, sterapred000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Sterapred states and three countries - Canada, sterapred Columbia and Haiti. Sterapred The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Sterapred We are feeding the future of America, sterapred one school at a time.