Greetings Carman-Ainsworth families. We are currently in our 3rd year of the Blessings in a Backpack program here at the middle school. Blessings In a Backpack is a “neighbor-helping-neighbor” program that is designed to help meet the nutritional needs of children and families. Read More…
Partnering with Meijer, each week volunteers, in cooperation with school officials, distribute bags filled with enough food for the weekend (typically six meals including come combination of mac n cheese ramen noodles, soup, peanut butter cereal, granola bars and other non-perishable items) to students. The goal of the Blessings in a Backpack program is to keep these students from going hungry on the weekends, as to improve academic success.
For as little as $2.70 we are able fill a bag for a child to take home on Friday. A donation of $110 provides a bag of food for a child for the entire school year. With the help of groups of concerned community leaders, philanthropic and business partners, caring citizens and you, Blessings in a Backpack has become a driving force against childhood hunger in the United States.
With continued support it is the goal to expand this program to other school within the Carman-Ainsworth School District. See how you can make a difference in the lives of so many of our hunger-insecure neighborhood children.
We are in the planning stages. Check back for details.
How the Pandemic Effected the Program – When schools closed and we transitioned to virtual learning the Blessings in a Backpack-Carman Ainsworth program did not stop, feeding students was too important to us to go into lockdown.
The volunteers for the program continued distributing food each Friday from 1-3 pm here at the middle school. Parents of middle school students drove up to the entrances just north of the main entrance and picked up the bag of food without even getting out of their car. Thank you to everyone who made it a priority to continue feeding the students of Carman-Ainsworth Middle School.
Backpacks of food first started going home to the Middle School student in April 2019 This was made possible by the very generous support of South Baptist Church.
The congregation donated the remaining money necessary to begin the program for their neighboring school. South Baptist Church has continued to partner with Blessings in a Backpack-Carman Ainsworth. Thank you for the people who made this possible and hope you will continue to partner with us and nurture the students of your community.
If you, your company, or your organization would like to partner with Blessings in a Backpack-Wayne Westland to help feed food-insecure children in your community please CONTACT US or DONATE online or download a printable donation form.