The Blessings in a Backpack program provides backpacks of food every Friday to kids who may otherwise go hungry over the weekend. The national organization serves more than 87,000 students in over 1,000 schools, throughout 45 states and the District of Colombia.
Although we are living in the 4th wealthiest county in the nation, 22% of students in Howard County Public Schools live in poverty. Here at Running Brook Elementary School, 53% of our students qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARMS). During the week, they are able to receive breakfast and lunch at school, but what do they eat on the weekends?
As little as $100 can provide an entire school year of hunger-free weekends to a child in need. Our goal is to be able to offer this program to any of our 264 students who qualify for FARMS.
We see the difference this program makes in the lives of the students and families who participate. The number of students we can serve is only limited by the amount of donations we receive. Can you help?