The NAFC Education Foundation is an official partner with the Floyd County Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack. This group of volunteers is dedicated to making Floyd County a “hunger-free zone” for all elementary school children. In conjunction with the national Blessings in a Backpack organization, the Floyd County Chapter aims to make sure that roughly 1,600 NAFC school children who rely on the federal free and reduced lunch program for their weekly meals, don’t go hungry on the weekend when school is closed. Blessings in a Backpack operates at all 9 of the NAFC elementary schools and at Children’s Academy Early Learning Center.
Floyd County Blessing in a Backpack By the Numbers:
Once a week for 38 weeks of the school year, volunteers pack backpacks of food to send home with eligible NAFC students. For as little as $105.00, donors can provide a hunger-free school year to a child. A backpack of food includes:
Two entrees, such as ravioli and spaghetti and meatballs.
Two breakfasts, such as cereal and shelf stable milk.
Two snacks, such as crackers, soy butter and sliced fruit cup.
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.
$80 per year is all it takes to ensure a child goes the entire school year without facing weekend hunger.
If you can help, please make your check out to the NAFC Education Foundation and write “Blessings” in the memo line. All contributions made are tax deductible. You may also donate online through PayPal. Please indicate in the special instructions box you would like your gift to support Blessings in a Backpack.