Blessings in a Backpack and People Magazine Combat Childhood Hunger

Nourished bodies lead to nourished minds.
A child wonders when she will eat her next meal. Some days there may be food on the table, other days she goes hungry. Sounds like a third world country? No, this is in America where some 16 million children today live in “food insecure” homes, and hunger is part of life.  In schools across the U.S., 21 million children rely on the Free or Reduced Cost Lunch program to keep tummies full.

Blessings in a Backpack
helps to fill the gap on the weekends when school lunch programs are not available. This non-profit organization provides children with a backpack full of food every Friday to bring home to feed themselves and often their families throughout the weekend. Nourished bodies lead to stronger minds as seen by improved test scores, reading skills, positive behavior, health and increased attendance attributed to the success of this program.

People Magazine has partnered with Blessings in a Backpack through its PEOPLE FIRST: Help Feed A Child program to inspire readers to join the mission. Throughout the year, People Magazine will feature the program in its magazine, public service announcements, and in its sister publication People en Español. People Magazine’s 2/13/12 issue highlights the Blessings in a Backpack Program located in Gillette, Wyoming.

How you can help:
$80 feeds one American school child in the Blessings in a Backpack program for an entire 38-week school year. The organization is currently feeding over 50,000 children in 376 schools across 39 U.S. states and three countries.

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  • Anonymous

    Boy People Mag really made fools of themselfs in Gillette, Wy. Christin Melvin & her family lost their home because of their meth problem.