With the first 9 weeks of school finished, our group is taking stock of where we are in our quest to fully fund the Blessings in a Backpack program for the 2015-2016 school year. Our goal is mighty — $160,000! – but so is our determination.
We reached the $70,000 mark due to the very generous donations of the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County and the City of New Albany. It’s time to hit the streets and seek further donations from businesses, churches, individuals and other groups in our community. Every single dollar of every single donation will go to pay for the food given to the kids.
One of the most important steps we want to take is to raise awareness of the incredible need for this program in our community. Hunger in children is often a hidden problem, except to those who see it everyday – NAFC teachers. 46% of all students in our 10 NAFC elementary schools will rely on Blessings in a Backpack to have food to eat on the weekends.
So what can we do to raise awareness? Certainly the most fun method is hosting community events like the COLOR DASH held on September 19, 2015, organized by the local non-profit youth outreach group called CLEAN SOCKS HOPE.
We were extremely grateful that the group made the Blessings in a Backpack program at S. Ellen Jones Elementary a beneficiary of the proceeds! Thanks to Stacey
Meadors, SEJ Assistant Principal, for sharing these photos of the event.
Are you part of an organization looking for a way to make a significant difference in the lives of Floyd County’s kids? We would love to partner with you! Together we can make Floyd County a hunger-free zone for our youngsters.