Blessings in a Backpack is a national program that began in Kentucky when a teacher noticed children at her school, who were on a free or reduced lunch program, would return to school on Mondays tired, hungry and sluggish. She realized there was little or no food for the children to eat at home on the weekends. In July, 2005, Blessings in a Backpack was formed to provide these students with backpacks of food to provide 3 meals a day during the weekend. The organization work with the owner of Meijer, to provide the food at a nominal charge. Concerned citizens stepped forward and donated new backpacks for each child which enables them to carry the food home.
This program is still relatively new and has been successfully started in forty-six states in over 600 schools. The program is overseen by a multi member Board of Directors from all walks of life that have one thing in common, they care about the future of our children.