Blessings In a Backpack is a “neighbor-helping-neighbor” program that is designed to help meet the nutritional needs of children and families.
Each week, volunteers, in cooperation with school officials, distribute backpacks filled with enough non-perishable food for the weekend (six meals) to “at-risk” students. These students are participants in the government subsidized free or reduced fee hot lunch program.
Students that are receiving free or reduced fee lunch at school are from families in every neighborhood who, for various reasons, have income at or below the poverty level. While it seems unlikely that children in an affluent county like Oakland would go to bed hungry on weekends, in reality, between 5% and 75% of the students in the school districts researched, are at risk.
The goal of the Blessings in a Backpack program is to keep these students from going hungry on the weekends and remove barriers to academic success.
This is a collaborative team partnership of the North Woodward Community Foundation, a School District, Meijer Stores and a committee of concerned citizens. Please join our team to see how every person can make a difference in the lives of so many of our hungry neighbors.
Who We Are
The North Woodward Community Foundation manages the Blessings in a Backpack program component funds for participating school districts in Michigan. Through the association with this 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible and may be eligible for a Michigan Tax Credit.