Blessings in a Backpack

Because of the generosity of our congregation, we are serving 110 students this year at Harrison Road and Wilderness Elementary Schools. Volunteers are needed to spend about 1 hour a month doing one of the following:
• Picking up the food from our grocery partner Walmart (Central
Park) on Tuesday mornings or,
• Stuffing bags with food (mid-week) or,
• Delivering bags of food to Harrison Road Elementary School on
If you would like to participate please contact Stan Buch.

 What Do We Do?

Blessings in a Backpack provides elementary schoolchildren at Harrison Road, Wilderness, and Smith Station who are on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program, with a backpack of food to take home for 38 weekends during the school year. Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, tuna, canned chicken, ramen noodles, popcorn, mac and cheese, and oatmeal.

Blessings In A BackpackWhy Do We Do It?

There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger.  The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, increased hospitalization, lower IQ, shorter attention spans, and lower academic achievement. Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, too.