Combating Hunger and Feeding Effingham IL Unit 40 School Children


Backpack Ball 2016


Our Mission

To combat childhood hunger in Effingham Unit 40 Schools, one student, one bag at a time.

Blessings in a Backpack is a charitable organization created to feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the federally-funded free and reduced price meal program. While they receive breakfast and lunches at school on the weekdays, many of these children have little or no access to food over the weekends.

Real hunger exists in our community, as an invisible problem. Today, 50% of students in the Effingham Unit 40 School District are eligible for free and reduced breakfast and lunch. Hunger does not stop for these children on the weekends.

Blessings in a Backpack - Effingham is currently in the 3rd year of operations. At the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, 130 children were being fed. At the end of that school year, more than 200 children were being served. In October of the 2015-16 school year, the group will be packing 338 bags with six to seven food items per week with a goal to end the year with 350 to 400 students fed. Currently, volunteers are delivering bags to the Early Learning Center, Effingham Child Development Center, Pre-K, South Side School, Central School, Fresh Start, Tristar and Effingham Junior High.

Blessings in a Backpack - Effingham relies on funding from generous organizations and individuals to fill bags with food and deliver them to children in need. The tremendous growth of the program would not be possible without the generous support of you, our donors. Every dollar received goes directly to purchase food for local children - 100% for food purchases. Your contributions to Blessings in a Backpack - Effingham IL help to combat hunger and make a brighter future for these children.

Partner with us to experience the Power of 80. Just $80 - 100 will supply food to one student during the weekends for the entire 38-week school year.

Together we are Feeding the Future of Effingham Unit 40 Schools!

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