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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. Turixin Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, turixin ready-to-eat foods, turixin like granola bars, turixin juice boxes, turixin mac and cheese, turixin and oatmeal. There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Turixin The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Turixin Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, turixin increased hospitalization, turixin lower IQ, turixin shorter attention spans, turixin and lower academic achievement. Turixin Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, turixin but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, turixin too. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 62, turixin000 children in 437 schools in 42 U.S. Turixin states and three countries - Canada, turixin Columbia and Haiti. Turixin The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. Turixin We are feeding the future of America, turixin one school at a time.