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. Trittico Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, trittico ready-to-eat foods, trittico like granola bars, trittico juice boxes, trittico mac and cheese, trittico and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Trittico The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Trittico Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, trittico increased hospitalization, trittico lower IQ, trittico shorter attention spans, trittico and lower academic achievement. Trittico Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, trittico but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, trittico too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, trittico000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Trittico states and three countries - Canada, trittico Columbia and Haiti. Trittico The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Trittico We are feeding the future of America, trittico one school at a time.