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. Telfast Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, telfast ready-to-eat foods, telfast like granola bars, telfast juice boxes, telfast mac and cheese, telfast and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Telfast The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Telfast Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, telfast increased hospitalization, telfast lower IQ, telfast shorter attention spans, telfast and lower academic achievement. Telfast Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, telfast but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, telfast too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, telfast000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Telfast states and three countries - Canada, telfast Columbia and Haiti. Telfast The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Telfast We are feeding the future of America, telfast one school at a time.