Our 1st mini packing party

 The Year Was 2014

Hubby and I were watching the evening world news when we both heard something that made us sit up and pay attention.  The story talked about food insecurity issues many children have when they aren't in school.  You see, many of the students receive free breakfast and lunch while they're in school, but then the question was asked, "Who makes sure the kids have food over the weekend?"

That question started a conversation between us, and we agreed that while we didn't grow up with silver spoons in our mouths, we always had food.  After fact checking the story, sadly it was on point, we decided to see what we could do to help this endeavor and Blessings in a Backpack, Rancho Cordova was born.  With the help of our friends and family, we were able to feed 30 students from Cordova Villa Elementary school for the last two months of the school year.  That allowed us to get our feet wet and be 100% ready to rock & roll the 2014/2015 school year.  We are part of a national organization that allows us to focus on feeding the kids while they do all the fun stuff, e.g. taxes, forms, government, etc.  Please check out the national External link opens in new tab or windowBlessings in a Backpack page.                                 

We started in our own backyard and eventually were able to invite all the elementary schools in the FCUSD (Folsom Cordova Unified School District) that wanted to participate.  There is no charge to the students or the schools because we raise all the funds required to buy the weekend food.  The 1st school out of the FCUSD added was Pasadena Avenue, who are our neighbors in the SJUSD (San Juan Unified School District).  SCUSD (Sac City Unified School District) is where we next turned our attention to, and we were THRILLED to add Abraham Lincoln Elementary school to our program.  Here are the schools we are currently working with, and follow this link for info on our local impact.