Blessings in a Backpack of Michigan
Blessings In a Backpack is a “neighbor-helping-neighbor” program that is designed to help meet the nutritional needs of school-age children.
Each week, volunteers, in cooperation with school officials, distribute backpacks filled with enough non-perishable food for the weekend (six meals) to “hunger insecure” school-age children. These students are participants in the government subsidized Free or Reduced Fee Lunch Program.
The goal of the Blessings in a Backpack program is to keep these children from going hungry on the weekends and remove barriers to academic success.
You can support Blessings in a Backpack by participating in one of our upcoming events.
March 3, 2023 – Trivia Night
Blessings in a Backpack – Royal Oak
March 11, 2023 – Trivia Night
Blessings in a Backpack – Feed the Shores
March 12, 2023 – Bowling for Backpacks
Blessings in a Backpack – Holly
Announcing a new program for Romeo:
In mid-September we received a request for more information through the contact page of the website from a kindergarten schoolteacher in Romeo. The information was sent and a week later received notice of their continued interest and desire to have a meeting to discuss the next steps to start a program. By the end of the month the meeting was held, and the outcome was to form Blessings in a Backpack-Romeo, a community-based program to assist hunger-insecure school-age children.
There are 1,269 children attending the Romeo Community Schools who can benefit from the Blessings in a Backpack program. This is 24% of the student enrollment. The district serves students from Romeo and portions of Addison Township, Armada Township, Bruce Township, Oakland Township, Ray Township, Shelby Township, and Washington Township
The plan is to start the program at one elementary school. As funds become available, the goal is to grow the Blessings in a Backpack program to be able to serve additional schools within the Romeo Community District until all the schools are participating. To help this program reach its goals, please donate so we can begin sending food home to children who need our help. When we are ready to begin packing, we will also need individuals, groups, or companies to assist with packing and transportation.
We would like to thank Fresh Thyme Market of Farmington Hills for hosting the Community Cookout on Friday, September 2, 2022 to benefit Blessings in a Backpack. The event provided the opportunity for the community to purchase grilled food at a responsible price and taste test items from vendors of Fresh Thyme. Sid Kaye, the Assistant Store Director, and his Fresh Thyme Crew did a wonderful job organizing this event and having activities for all ages. We look forward to partnering with Fresh Thyme in the future.
How Blessings in A Backpack-Royal Oak handled the pandemic…
The volunteers for Blessings in a Backpack-Royal Oak went beyond the norm to make sure the children of their community continued to receive their weekend food.
Our Blessings in a Backpack program got an unexpected telephone on Friday, March 13, 2020, that the schools had been closed and the Blessing bins that we’d packed two days before, needed to be picked up. Blessings bags normally would have been delivered to a student’s locker by a school secretary, but the schools had suddenly closed, and we were asked to pick up the bags from 10 schools and figure out how to deliver the bags to the students. Each school quickly prepared us a list, usually handwritten with a students’ name and address.