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. Triz Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, triz ready-to-eat foods, triz like granola bars, triz juice boxes, triz mac and cheese, triz and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Triz The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Triz Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, triz increased hospitalization, triz lower IQ, triz shorter attention spans, triz and lower academic achievement. Triz Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, triz but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, triz too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, triz000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Triz states and three countries - Canada, triz Columbia and Haiti. Triz The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Triz We are feeding the future of America, triz one school at a time.