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.

To Get Involved Contact:

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

Blessings in a Backpack serves 230 students from the following schools:

 Kankakee Public Schools

  • Edison, Mark Twain, Taft, and Steuben Elementary Schools
  • Kennedy and ML King Middle Schools

 Bourbonnais Elementary Schools

  • Alan Shepard 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.

Sponsored By: the Churches of the River Valley Clergy Alliance

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