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. Utin Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, utin ready-to-eat foods, utin like granola bars, utin juice boxes, utin mac and cheese, utin and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Utin The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Utin Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, utin increased hospitalization, utin lower IQ, utin shorter attention spans, utin and lower academic achievement. Utin Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, utin but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, utin too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, utin000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Utin states and three countries - Canada, utin Columbia and Haiti. Utin The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Utin We are feeding the future of America, utin one school at a time.