Local Missions

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:

Robert Bushey (815) 939-4433

Email: BIBRVC@gmail.com


 Kankakee Public Schools

Mark Twain, Edison, Steuben & Taft Elementary Schools

Kennedy & ML King Middle Schools

 Bourbonnais Elementary Schools

Alan Shepard, Noel Lavasseur & Shabbona Elementary Schools

Liberty Intermediate School & BUGC

Camelot Therapeutic Day School

 CONTRIBUTIONS   $100 = 1 Student /School-year

 Payable to: 

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 feed children locally.

Donations are Tax Deductible.

Sponsored By the Churches of the River Valley Clergy Alliance

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