Quarterly Newsletter | February 2021

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Backpack Bulletin — the quarterly newsletter from the Frederick Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack! This email will keep YOU in touch with the impactful work we're doing in the Frederick community to feed kids who might otherwise go hungry. 

This school year, the Frederick Chapter has provided over 38,000 hunger-free weekends for local kids, but we can do more. Let's keep growing and continue to prevent childhood hunger in our community!

We are taking the fight against weekend hunger to the next level for kids in Frederick County by transitioning to a national chapter! Angela Abrishami, a longtime volunteer, is our new program director, leading events and coming up with various solutions to feed children. "I am very excited to help children that need us most," said Angela.

One of the perks of becoming a national chapter? A new website! Click here to check it out. While you're there, go to the "Get Involved" page to learn how you can volunteer to feed kids in Frederick.

Want to join us in an easy way to raise money to feed hungry children? Join our Unity Campaign team today!

All money raised by our team will support the Frederick Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack. The campaign officially kicks off March 10, 2021, but you can start raising money today.

Don't know what to write in your profile? Copy ours or our team leader's page. Unity Campaign for Frederick has made it so easy for us all to support the Fredrick community!
Core News:
At Blessings in a Backpack, we ensure that kids nationwide have full bellies over the weekend by sending them home on Fridays with backpacks full of satisfying and nutritional food. In addition to the pre-packed food we're providing due to COVID-19, we have started occasionally distributing what we call Emergency Snack Packs (ESP) to supplement more filling items on long weekends, school breaks, or during inclement weather.

Who packs the ESPs? Volunteers!
We get the food ready at our local office for volunteers to pick up, take home to fill, and return to our office. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who miss packing, want to serve in some way while staying safe at home, or need to keep kids busy while at home.

One volunteer shared, "I just couldn't sit around anymore not feeding these kids. Sign me up!"

Interested in packing ESP for kids in Frederick? Click here for the details — like ordering items from our Amazon wish list and where to drop off the bags of food. We are grateful for your thoughtfulness and willingness to help!
Good Apples:
Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer Anderson
Jen is the food distribution team lead and coordinator at Monocacy Valley Montessori and North Frederick Elementary School.

Like many volunteers, she has not stopped volunteering at her schools to provide food for kids. In September, she jumped in as our chapter's distribution team lead — coordinating food distribution to 28 sites! With a positive attitude and giving heart, Jen is ensuring Frederick County's children do not go hungry on the weekends.

"I am very honored to be a part of this wonderful program! I look forward to helping to feed the students that benefit from this program in Frederick County,” said Jen.
Volunteer Spotlight: St. John Regional Catholic School Students
Thank you from the bottom of our backpacks to the students at St. John Regional Catholic School! The kids collected and delivered 4,235 individually-wrapped food items our local chapter.

This extra food will help us make ESPs to supplement the weekend food bags already distributed by Blessings in a Backpack. If you're interested in getting involved or volunteering to pack ESPs, click here to learn more!
$500K Donated to Blessings in Ravens QB Lamar Jackson's Name

What started as a tweet and Reddit post by two Buffalo Bills fans quickly snowballed into an avalanche of love and support for Blessings in a Backpack and the children we serve.

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Thank You to Our Donors:
Reflects giving from July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020
$25,000 – $49,999
Ausherman Family Foundation, Inc.
Community Foundation of Frederick County, MD, Inc.

$15,000 – $24,999
The City of Frederick
Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club

$10,000 – $14,999
DARCARS Toyota of Frederick
Delaplaine Foundation, Inc.
Frederick County, Maryland
George L Shields Foundation, Inc.

$5,000 – $9,999
Frederick Business Properties Co Fund
Robert P Lapointe Memorial Fund
Legal & General America, Inc.
Minute Rice
Anthony M. Natelli Foundation
New Friends Club of Frederick
The Helen J. Serini Foundation, Inc.
Jonathan Teunis
United Way of Frederick County, Inc.
Wegmans Food Markets Inc.

$2,500 – $4,999
Avemco Insurance Company
Scott Cowperthwaite
Dogood-Er Awards
Frederick County Association of Realtors, Inc.
Marc Meilleur
Nancy S. Rasberry
David Robinson
Daniel Sipe
Spartan Kids Foundation

$1,000 – $2,499
All Around Plumbing Inc.
AstraZeneca Matching Gifts
The Benevity Community Impact Fund
Hermine Bernstein
Will C. Brown
Campen & Manganaro
Charles Clark
William E. Cross Foundation, Inc.
Grace Community Christian Church
The Mary Mason Hendrickson Memorial Fund
Meg Klackner-Grose
Jane Ellen Ladner
Gail Mann
Marmet Family Fund
Nancy Reuter
Mike Ritmiller
Elizabeth Shaulis
Adam and Justine Stull
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick
Yellow Springs Lions Club