Blessings in a Backpack – FERNDALE is a “neighbor-helping-neighbor” program that is designed to help bridge the gap of the nutritional needs of children from the Ferndale School District. In the Ferndale Schools, about 61% of the student population is eligible for this program. These children are our neighbors. Each week, we distribute backpacks filled with enough non-perishable food for the weekend to students that qualify on the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. It costs approximately only $100 to feed one child every weekend for an entire school year. For holiday breaks, we send home extra food. The goal of Blessings in a Backpack is to keep these students from going hungry on the weekends and remove barriers to academic success. At this time, we are operational in our preschool, lower elementary campus, upper elementary campus and the middle school. The ultimate goal is to have the Blessings in a Backpack program in all of the Ferndale schools as funds become available. To help this program, please make a donation so that backpacks of food can begin going home with children that need our help.
Chairperson – Lindsay Gonska