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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. Oratane Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, oratane ready-to-eat foods, oratane like granola bars, oratane juice boxes, oratane mac and cheese, oratane and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Oratane The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Oratane Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, oratane increased hospitalization, oratane lower IQ, oratane shorter attention spans, oratane and lower academic achievement. Oratane Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, oratane but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, oratane too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, oratane000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Oratane states and three countries - Canada, oratane Columbia and Haiti. Oratane The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Oratane We are feeding the future of America, oratane one school at a time.