Within the first three days, we've raised $13,000 to feed kids through Blessings in a Backpack.
Please consider donating! Our charity raffle is popping off this year too, with many last minute prizes donated by members of the Warcraft community, including WoWHead! More information at:
Blessings in a Backpack provides nutritionist-vetted meals on the weekends to school aged children in the United States. 11 million children (up to 18 million on projections from an analysis done by Feeding America) in America face food insecurity when the school week is over, when the school year is over.
With the school closures during the pandemic, covid-19 has truly brought to horrible light how vulnerable these children are and how rampant food insecurity is. Now, Blessings in a Backpack has adjusted to feeding children throughout the entire week, as many children relied on food from school-provided lunches and snacks and face malnutrition.
As little as $4 provides a bag of food to a child now, and when they return to school. We will be utilising the platform Tiltify which allows donations under the $10 threshold of Crowdrise/Gofundme Charity, and adjusting the raffle tickets to be awarded per $5 raised.
$130 will feed one child on the weekends for one 38-week school year through Blessings in a Backpack.
Surveys found that, in addition to no longer feeling weekend hunger pangs, children fed by Blessings experience the following impact on their lives:
44% of food stamp beneficiaries are children (source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
3 out of 4 teachers say they have children in their classrooms who regularly come to school hungry (source: No Kid Hungry)
?: What is the criteria BiaB has for selecting the foods they serve in the bags?
"We take into consideration many factors including: nutritional value, appropriateness for the children we feed, long-term availability, unit cost, ease of opening, portion size, shelf life, and variety. Since many of the children we serve may not have access to conveniences we take for granted, such as working appliances or a can opener, our menus contain foods that can be eaten – and are reasonably appealing – direct from the package. Our food must also not require refrigeration, require little to no preparation, and be peanut free.
With input from Blessings in a Backpack’s nutritional advisors, we look to maximize proteins, fibers, and nutrients while minimizing processed sugars. Kid-friendly foods are selected: individual servings that don’t require a can opener, microwave, or stove. Menu items provide convenient and portable sources of fuel and energy that the kids can serve themselves–all at an economical price point."
Blessings in a Backpack has no religious affiliation, though they'll accept donations from religious organisations to help feed children, and has received the highest rating possible by Charity Navigator.