Blessings in a Backpack

November 15, 2017
Blessings in a Backpack

Hunger Doesn’t Take Weekends Off

Many students in Frederick County are facing food insecurity, and even though they qualify for the Free and Reduced Meals program through their schools during the week, on the weekends they don’t know where their next meal will come from. Blessings in a Backpack Frederick is an organization helping to fill this need by packing weekend food bags for our students.

The Blessings in a Backpack Mission:

BIAB Frederick mobilizes our local community, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends and during school breaks for local school children who might otherwise go hungry. Our mission is to raise awareness of childhood hunger and improve the lives of local children who depend on school meals as their primary source of nutrition, by providing food when school meals are not available.

How it Works

Each week teams of local volunteers arrive at Frederick schools to help pack weekend backpack. Food like boxes of Mac&Cheese, canned vegetables, tuna, granola bars, fruit cups, and oatmeal are unboxed and set up on tables. Then it’s down to business. Volunteers grab a shopping back and pack the items. The whole process takes about an hour and helps feed many local students each week.

FCB & #LocalforLocal

Team FCB has been lending a hand with Blessings in a Backpack Frederick since 2016. We strongly believe that local organizations can have a big impact when we work together and lend a hand. It’s what we call #localforlocal. Local organizations helping Local nonprofits. Blessings in a Backpack helps provide supplemental nutrition over weekends and school breaks to more than 2,000 local students in 15 schools.

How Can You Help?

The team at Blessings in Backpack likes to say “It takes a Village”. If you’re interested in getting involved we encourage you to visit the Blessings in a Backpack Frederick website for more information. There are opportunities to donate food, volunteer packing bags, coordinate volunteers, and more.

Did you know it only costs $100 to feed a child every weekend of the year?