Our program is positively impacting students attending elementary schools in our local communities each and every weekend of the school year. Blessings in a Backpack (BIAB), Rancho Cordova, provides weekend food for kids that face food insecurity issues during the approx. 65 hours they are not in school.
Under federal rules, a family of four could earn no more than $34,060 a year to qualify for free school meals and snacks and no more than $48,470 for reduced-price meals, which left many kids out from being eligible. Covid has changed many things over the last few years and one of the good outcomes is that all students in California receive free meals while they are in school, but who will feed the kids on the weekends?
This is where BIAB steps in to provide food for Saturday and Sunday for the students. I can not fathom being a child on Friday afternoon and wondering if I was going to have enough food until I get back to school Monday morning. Of course, it will have a HUGE influence on that child's mood and attitude.
- It's a fact that children learn best when their needs are met
- Food is an essential building block and is truly a blessing to a hungry child
- Better test scores
- Improved reading skills
- Positive behavior
- Improved health
- Increased attendance