Who Will Feed the Kids This Weekend?
This is our food locker and to be able to add more schools next school year we need to find ourselves a bigger place to store our food. We are currently sending food home for 285 kids out of the small space and we would be able to do so much more in a larger location.
We do NOT need refrigeration and we would supply our shelves. The location we are in now is approx. 10' x 30'.
Can you help us out with a place to call our new food locker or know of a place that could help us?
Folsom Rotary Annes Club is helping us out with a food drive and a packing party,
September 21, 2019 for Folsom's Community Service Day.
Please follow this link for all the info and how you can help!
BIAB started packing 30 - 40 food bags in JD's dining and living rooms in 2014. We stored the food we needed right there and had her two grandgirls, Logan and Lindsay help each week.
In 2015 we were feeding over 200 children and had to move the operation out of the house. BIAB was fortunate to have space at Unity of Sacramento to store and pack our food bags offered to us. This process worked pretty well for us but children were constantly asking us asking me what they could do to help, which got us to thinking.
Kids helping kids has to help create kindness and with that in mind we looked at making a big change to our program. We talked to each of our schools with the request that their students can start packing their school's food bags, weekly. Our schools embraced this change and their respective student councils lead up the packing each week. Each school picks up 3 weeks worth of food at a time and then assemble the food bags on Thursdays. During the last recess, on Fridays, the teachers will put the food bag into the backpack of students on our program.
Many of the children we've encountered express surprise that other students might go weekends without food and with that in mind, we saw an opportunity to educate and give kids a tool to help with this delicate subject. In 2015 we are introduced the book Maddi's Fridge to students at our elementary schools via students from each school doing a skit with the book. Maddi's Fridge is written by a teacher, Lois Brandt and is perfect for us to teach this life lesson. The students had a blast being actors for the day!
A great way you can help BIAB out is hosting a food drive. Whether you work for an organization that can host a BIG food drive or if your child needs community service hours and can host a small food drive, we appreciate it all because every single bit helps us feed the kids here in the FCUSD.
To turn this into a team building event, we can do a bag packing event right at your place of employment or your place of worship. Follow this link for more info or email JD@BibSac.org
Why We Do This
Kids should worry about being kids and not where their next meal is coming from. Sadly hundreds of our children right here in Rancho Cordova and Folsom have to wonder if that lunch they're eating on Friday is their last meal until they return to school on Monday.
We are a nonprofit working to end the 60+ hours some children go without food. The kids receive free breakfast and lunch every day of the school year but what about the weekends? That's where Blessings in a Backpack steps in. We send home 5 meals and 2 snacks, each Friday, to help children in households dealing with food shortage issues.
How We Do This
Donations allow us to buy food and continue sending food for the children to take home for the weekend. This link will take you to our donation page and THANKS!
Another great way you can help is by hosting a Food Drive. We would love to talk with you and help arrange a food drive with your fellow employees, family, friends sports teams, etc. Click here to see our menu and items we request.
We hold several Fundraisers yearly. The Events tab will show you what is coming up.
Grants are another way we raise funds to feed the kids. If you're a talented grant writer and can help us out, we can sure use the help.
How We've Changed
BIAB started packing 30 - 40 food bags in JD's dining and living rooms. We stored the food right there also and had my two grandgirls, Logan and Lindsay help each week. The following year we fed over 200 children. It was time to move the operation out of the house and were fortunate to be given space at Unity of Sacramento to store and pack our food bags. This process worked pretty well for us but the children were constantly asking us asking me what they could do to help, which got us to thinking.
We decided to move packing the food bags to each of our schools. Their respective student councils lead up the packing each week. The schools now each come to our food locker and pick up 3 weeks worth of food. The children take it from there and pack the food bags weekly. KIDS helping KIDS has to help create just a bit more kindness.
Many of the children we've encountered expressed surprise that other students might go weekends without food and with that in mind, we saw an opportunity to educate and give kids a tool to help with this delicate subject. We are introducing the book Maddi's Fridge to students at our elementary schools via students from each school doing a skit with the book. Maddi's Fridge is written by a teacher, Lois Brandt and is perfect for us to teach this life lesson.