Blessings in a Backpack

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Providing Weekend Nourishment to School Children on the Federal Free and Reduced Meal Program

Typical Backpack Food Items:

  • ready-to-eat, kid-friendly, nutritious, non-perishable, and easy-to-prepare food items such as granola bars, canned pasta, tuna, instant hot 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 create public awareness.
  • Sign Up to Volunteer for our Packing Teams

To Get Involved Contact:

Robert Bushey at (815) 939-4433 or email:

Join our growing list of churches, organizations and businesses from across our community. RIVER VALLEY COMMUNITIES INFO PAGE

Follow us on Facebook

Blessings in a Backpack serves 300 students from the following schools:

 Kankakee Public Schools

  • Edison, Mark Twain, Proegler, Taft, and Steuben Elementary Schools
  • Kennedy and ML King Middle Schools
  • Kankakee Junior High School

 Bourbonnais Elementary Schools

  • Alan Shepard, LeVasseur and Shabbona Elementary Schools
  • Liberty Intermediate School and BUGC

 Camelot Therapeutic Day School

Your contribution of  $100 serves 1 student per school-year.  100% of all monies raised feed students locally and donations are tax deductible. 

You can donate in the following ways:



Please Note: Approximately 97% of your gifts made online are received by BIB RVC due to online processing fees. Central Christian Church serves as our local fiscal agent.



OR Make your Check Payable to: 

Blessings in a Backpack
Mail to: Blessings in a Backpack
PO BOX 403
Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Online at (Important – Write In Memo/Comments: River Valley Communities IL)

We also host Cruise Night Fundraisers for Blessings in a Backpack. 2019 Dates June 12; July 10; August 14 Hours: 5:30-8PM

Sponsored By: the Churches of the River Valley Clergy Alliance

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