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. Aler tab Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, aler tab ready-to-eat foods, aler tab like granola bars, aler tab juice boxes, aler tab mac and cheese, aler tab and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Aler tab The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Aler tab Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, aler tab increased hospitalization, aler tab lower IQ, aler tab shorter attention spans, aler tab and lower academic achievement. Aler tab Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, aler tab but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, aler tab too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, aler tab000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Aler tab states and three countries - Canada, aler tab Columbia and Haiti. Aler tab The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Aler tab We are feeding the future of America, aler tab one school at a time.