Hunger Doesn’t Take the Weekend Off
Blessings in a Backpack- Floyd County chapter is our effort to ensure that Floyd County is a “hunger-free zone” for children. It is accomplished in partnership with Blessings in a Backpack, the national program designed to feed elementary school age children whose families may not have enough food on the weekends.
We are teachers. We are parents. We are business leaders. We are administrators. We are elected officials. We are community volunteers. We are people who care about the future of Floyd County.
What we do
During the week, children that receive federal free or reduced lunch depend on meals provided by the school. Sometimes, the meals at school are the only ones they get. We make sure they are getting nutritious meals over the weekend, too. This local volunteer team raises funds to help cover their food expense, partners with Sysco Foods in Louisville to purchase their food for delivery to the schools, and packs the backpacks. Every Friday, students receive their backpacks with staples that require little to no preparation. They return on Monday, ready to learn.
A bag of food includes:
- Two entrees, such as ravioli and spaghetti and meatballs
- Two breakfasts, such as cereal and shelf stable milk
- Two snacks, such as crackers and soy butter, and sliced fruit cup
This food impacts children in numerous ways. Consistent nutrition is necessary for children to participate at school. In a national evaluation project, results show that in addition to no longer feeling weekend hunger pangs, children fed by Blessings experience the following impact on their lives:
- 59% find it is easier to learn at school
- 60% do not get in trouble as much
- 78% feel cared for by their community
- 71% feel they are helping their family
- 60% of children report that their school attendance is better