News From the Backpack: August 2019
Food Supplies for Back-to-School
As kids are gearing up to return to school, we're preparing— with your help—to make sure they don't go hungry on the weekends. For a lot of kids, food is their most important school supply. 

This August and September, over 1,000  Blessings in a Backpack programs across the country will send kids home every Friday of the school year with backpacks full of weekend nutrition. Children will get the fuel they need for good health and academic success because of YOU. Thank you for your support!
Feeding More Kids This Year, Together
More than 13 million American children are at risk of going hungry on the weekends. That is one in six children who struggles to access food for the 65 hours they are not at school. But caring community leaders across the country are sending thousands of children home on Fridays with food for the weekend and making a positive impact in the lives of children, families, and communities.

For the first time, 14 organizations dedicated to ending weekend childhood hunger in the U.S. came together in Chicago at the 'Great Minds Think Alike: Weekend Food Program Summit' on July 9, 2019, to share knowledge, resources, and best practices to eliminate childhood hunger on the weekends. The Summit is a result of a thriving partnership between Blessings in a Backpack and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.
"By coming together, we can ensure that children in all communities across the country are getting the food they need to learn and grow," said Brooke Wiseman, CEO, Blessings in a Backpack.

"We were proud to support the 'Great Minds Think Alike Summit’ because we know we have a greater collective impact when we all join hands and work together," said Emily Pia, No Kid Hungry.
Conversations focused around meeting the nutritional needs of children, raising money and stewarding donors, and empowering volunteers for greater success. However, the grand takeaway from the Summit was the importance of making sure more children than ever before have food to eat on Saturdays and Sundays.

"Kids can't learn if they're hungry, but they can change the world if they're full."
— Dyron Howell, executive director, Snack Pak 4 Kids
FUNdraising This School Year!
As a national organization, our volunteer teams across the country host fundraising events throughout the year to raise money to feed the kids in their communities. All of our fundraising events are on our website. Find more ways for you to get involved with Blessings by clicking here
The young entrepreneurs of A Lemon-a-Day presented a $100 check to help feed kids in Louisville. Saanvi and Aadi sold lemonade at the Louisville 0.5K race in June, and donated their profits to help feed kids on the weekends next school year! The brother sister duo were also named Lemonade Day Louisville’s Entrepreneurs of the Year for the good work they are doing in their community!
Looking for ways to engage your company in local philanthropy or local service projects? Corporations all over the country participated in employee engagement packing events this past school year; groups of coworkers packed bags of food sent to local Blessings programs in their community. 176 companies packed over 150,000 bags of food this past school year. Helps us surpass last year's goal by signing up to host a packing event today! 
Turning another year older is something to celebrate! This year, you can make a difference by sharing your birthday with kids facing food insecurity. Instead of personal gifts, ask friends to donate to Blessings in a Backpack in your honor
by hosting a Facebook fundraiser. For more information on hosting a birthday fundraiser, click here.
Coming Soon to a Blessings Social Media Feed Near You! 
Vera Bradley To Donate 50,000 Backpacks And More Than $50,000 For Back-To-School Season
Blessings in a Backpack Chosen as Chicago Bears Community All-Pros Recipient
Blessings in a Backpack in USA Today
"Thousands of kids get backpacks filled with food and love"
How You Can Help with Food Supplies. Read more from CNN.
The Benefits of Blessings in a Backpack

The start of every school year is always filled with nerves, anticipation, and hope. A teacher at Running Brook Elementary in Maryland recently shared, “[Blessings in a Backpack] is very beneficial to my students. Knowing they will get a backpack [of food] each Friday allows them to focus on other things.”

We thank you for ensuring the kids in your community have full bellies over the weekend, by sending them home on Fridays with backpacks full of satisfying and nutritional food. Cheers to the upcoming school year! 
Thank You to Our Donors
Reflects Giving from March 1, 2019-June 30, 2019
$100,000 and Greater
$75,000 to $99,999
Alex and Ani Retail, LLC
Astellas Pharma, US Inc.
The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit
New Albany Floyd County Education Foundation, Inc.
$50,000 to $74,999
The Century Club of San Diego
Children's Fund Inc.
Constellation Brands
Farmers Insurance
Fifth Third Bank
Variety Feeds Kids
$25,000 to $49,999
American Honda Finance Corporation
B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation
Barrington Children's Charities
Community Foundation of Frederick County MD Inc
Davis Love III Foundation Inc.
The Kahlert Foundation, Inc.
The Vitamin Shoppe
$15,000 to $24,999
A Recipe to End Hunger and Need Inc.
Bank of America
Cargill Incorporated
Connexus Credit Union
Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation, Inc.
Heaven Hill
Hosts Global
The League Club, Inc.
Nike North America
Republic Bank Foundation Inc.
SWFL Children's Charities, Inc
Sysco Corporation
United Parcel Service - Jacksonville Giving 
Walmart Foundation
$10,000 to $14,999
Antares Capital
Arizona Association of School Business Officials Conference
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
Brighter Days Foundation
Cigna Foundation
Covenant United Methodist Church
Father Fred Foundation
General Motors Foundation
George L Shields Foundation, Inc.
IPA Foundation
Limestone Title & Escrow, LLC
Louisville Parks Foundation
The Miraglia Family Advised Fund at Stark Community Foundation 
Mount Vernon Community School PTA
Mountain Christian Church
Republic Bank
Saints Francis & Clare Catholic Church
St. Vincent de Paul Church
Texas Capital Bank
Tilden Cummings, Jr. 
United Way Lee County