Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack

When school dismisses on Friday, 30% of New Albany Floyd County Schools pre-K through 6th-grade students would leave their classroom unsure of whether they will have enough to eat until school starts again next Monday, if not for the work of Blessings in a Backpack Floyd County.

The NAFC Education Foundation is an official partner with the Blessings in a Backpack Floyd County. Blessings in a Backpack Floyd County strives to ensure that NAFC school children who rely on the federal free and reduced lunch program for their weekly meals, don’t go hungry on the weekend or when school is closed. The program operates at all of the NAFC elementary & middle schools from pre-K to 6th grade. We are currently serving 1,779 students across 12 schools. Blessings in a Backpack Floyd County is completely self-funded and 100% of donations go toward covering the cost of food provided to the children weekly. 

Floyd County Blessing in a Backpack By the Numbers:

Once a week during the school year, volunteers pack backpacks of food to send home with eligible NAFC students. For as little as $150.00, donors can provide a hunger-free school year to a child. 

Blessings in a Backpack Floyd County partners with Sysco to provide the food to our students. We are able to offer a variety of nutritional, “kid-friendly” food options for our prepackaged meal kits. Food solutions are carefully selected to ensure that we are providing the best nutrition possible for the money spent. 

This food keeps hunger pangs at bay so the students can return to school Monday morning nourished and ready to learn. However, the impact goes beyond that day. Student survey results show that children fed by Blessings in a Backpack experience the following impact on their lives:

  • 78% feel cared for by their community.
  • 71% feel they are helping their family.
  • 60% do not get in trouble as much.
  • 59% find it is easier to learn at school.

If you would like to help feed hungry NAFCS students, please make your check out to the NAFC Education Foundation and write “Blessings” in the memo line. Or click on the Donate button at the top of the page.

All contributions are tax-deductible. For more information about this program, please see or email