1. What makes Blessings in a Backpack different from other charities that support hungry school children?

Blessings in a Backpack is a simple solution to a big challenge – ensuring kids succeed in school without experiencing hunger pangs that prevent them from being able to learn. We know many families in inner cities source food on weekdays from government programs, food banks and other places, but on weekends, there is less access. Blessings meets a special need. It’s simple. It’s effective.

2. What do I have to do to run a backpack drive?

It’s easy. Backpack drives work beautifully in schools, workplaces, church communities – almost anywhere. Everyone has them, and many people have ones they don’t use. Arrange a collection in your company, school or community centre and we will have the donated backpacks picked up to be used in our program.

3. Apart from making a donation, how I can I help end hunger in Canadian schools?

There are many ways to help! Here are some ideas:

  1. You can also raise funds from your community to support Blessings in a Backpack. Hold a ‘loonies for lunches’ event or organize a scavenger hunt at your school and send Blessings in a Backpack the proceeds.
  2. If you know of a school where Blessings can make a difference, speak to the school administrators about the program – with a few able volunteers, we can make your school ‘a Blessings school’!
  3. In lieu of gifts at birthday parties, ask people to bring a new or used backpack and donate the collected backpacks to us.
  4. And most importantly, tell your family and friends about child hunger among schoolchildren and encourage them to visit us at www.blessingsinabackpack.ca

4. How much of my donation actually supports hungry schoolchildren?

100% of your donation goes to feeding hungry kids. Blessings in a Backpack is volunteer driven, and we ensure gifts are used for the purpose for which they are intended – helping eliminate hunger among school children.

5. What are typical food items in a backpack?

Our backpacks include ready-to-eat food items such as oatmeal, soup, peanut butter, mac & cheese, beans, applesauce, cereal, etc. Blessings in a Backpack does its best to make sure the food is kid-friendly, meaning it’s lightweight, healthy, non-perishable and easy-to-prepare.

6. How does the food get into the hands of schoolchildren?

Each sponsored school appoints a coordinator who will oversee the Friday distribution of food-filled backpacks and the returned empty backpacks on Mondays. Blessings works with each school to ensure local grocers supply food and volunteers stuff the backpacks and arrange delivery to schools.

7. How can $120 provide enough food for one child for weekends throughout the school year?

We are able to purchase food at a significant discount and we pass that on to our community users.