Blessings In a Backpack
- (Feeding the Future of America one school at a time)
A local program of Blessings in a Backpack was started at Altama Elementary School in Brunswick for the 2012-13 school year. Blessings in a Backpack is a results-oriented, nationwide program designed to feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Price Meal program, and have little or no food on the weekends. Nationwide, 62% of children are fed weekday breakfast and lunch through the Federal program. At Altama Elementary, the percentage of children qualifying is more than 90 percent, so the need is great. Hungry children are not ready to learn. Deborah Harris is the program coordinator who raises the funds, orders and arranges for delivery of the food, and coordinates volunteers to pack the food at the school. Currently, 473 children are provided with easy-to-prepare kid-friendly food each weekend during the school year. Publix at Glynn Place is helping by providing early access to information on special prices, and by delivering the groceries to the school. 100% of your donation goes directly to cover the cost of the food for the children at Altama Elementary. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health, and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program. If you are interested in investing in this great program, please contact us or Deborah Harris at DWilling1@msn.com or (425) 260-5533.
Needed $25,000 by August 25, 2013