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BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK (Blessings)
March 2, 2015
Marcy Katz, Candlewood Parent
Dear Candlewood Community,
Thank you for this opportunity to introduce you to Blessings in a Backpack (Blessings), an organization that provides food for school children across America who may otherwise have little or no food to eat on weekends during the school year. Blessings works towards this mission by providing bags full of food to school children in the free or reduced program each Friday of the school year.
Founded in 2008 in Louisville, Kentucky, Blessings, a non-religious, non-denominational program, has grown to a national organization that will serve more than 72,000 school children at 700 schools in 46 U.S. states and Washington D.C. this year. Each site is led by passionate volunteers who – with support from Blessings in a Backpack’s national office – secure food, fill backpacks and distribute them at the end of each school week to children who receive free or reduced price meals during the week. After a weekend of not knowing hunger, children return to school, ready to learn.
In February of 2013, Blessings in a Backpack began providing weekend food to 18 children at Candlewood Middle School. Due to the dedication of volunteers and the generosity of community members, the program has expanded to now feed 36 children, so we’ve doubled our number! Unfortunately, there are nearly 120 Candlewood students in need of weekend nutrition.
Childhood hunger is a problem, but it is one we can solve together. Help feed Half Hollow Hills’ children this weekend by making a $30 investment in Blessings in a Backpack’s work at Candlewood MS today. All it takes for Blessings in a Backpack to ensure a child leaves school on each Friday of the school year with a backpack full of food is $110. How many hunger pangs can you keep at bay this year?
Join us today to help feed children this weekend. Make your tax-deductible gift, designating your support to Candlewood Middle School online at BlessingsinaBackpack.org or by mail to:
Blessings in a Backpack Bank Lockbox
P.O. BOX 950291
Louisville, KY 40295
If you would like to learn more about Blessings’ work to feed children at Candlewood or would like to get involved, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you very much for helping the future of Half Hollow Hills.
Volunteer Program Coordinator, Candlewood Middle School
Blessings in a Backpack