Providing Weekend Nourishment to School Children on the Federal Free and Reduced Meal Program
Typical Backpack Food Items
The backpacks, distributed weekly, include ready-to-eat, kid-friendly, nutritious, non-perishable and easy-to-prepare food items such as granola bars, peanut butter, tuna, cereal, crackers, mac & cheese, juice boxes, etc.
Nourished Kids Ready to Learn
Students who participate in the Blessings in a Backpack program show marked improvement in school attendance, test scores, behavior, and health. Food is an essential building block, and in this case truly is a blessing, especially to a hungry child!
How You May Be Involved
Volunteers are needed to help pack the bags, distribute the bags to the schools, pick up grocery orders, stock and organize the pantry, help with fundraising and creating public awareness.
To Get Involved Contact:
Teri Bushey (815) 939-4433 or (815) 922-4472
SERVING 200 STUDENTS FROM
Kankakee Public Schools
Lafayette & Steuben Elementary Schools
Kennedy & ML King Middle Schools
Bourbonnais Elementary Schools
Alan Shepard & Shabbona Elementary Schools
Liberty Intermediate School & BUGC
CONTRIBUTIONS $100 = 1 Student /School-year
Blessings in a Backpack
Mail to: Blessings in a Backpack
PO BOX 403
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
OR Donate Online at www.blessingsinabackpack.org
Important – Write In Memo/Comments: River Valley Communities IL
100% of all monies raised go directly to food purchased for distribution locally.
Donations are Tax Deductible.
Sponsored By the Churches of the River Valley Clergy Alliance