ABOUT BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK:
Blessings in a Backpack is a national organization made up of seven regional chapters and more than 1,000 volunteer-driven programs. Our mission is simple: we provide food on the weekends for school-aged children who might otherwise go hungry.
The Chicago Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack works to prevent childhood hunger on the weekends across Chicagoland. Nearly 300,000 kids living in Chicagoland are food insecure. One in seven kids receives subsidized meals during the week but is without affordable, healthy food on Saturday and Sunday. We close this gap by providing nutritionally balanced foods, sent home in kids' backpacks every Friday. As a result, these kids have fewer health problems, longer attention spans, and perform better in school.
During the 2020/21 school year, the Chicago Chapter distributed 158,000 bags of ready-to-eat food to over 4,500 school-aged children at 51 program locations across Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties. Our goal this school year is to feed 7,000 kids each weekend.
WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US IN OUR MISSION ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 AT EXMOOR COUNTRY CLUB FOR THE 2022 BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK CLASSIC FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL DAY OF GOLF, TENNIS AND FUN, AS WE RAISE MONEY TO FEED THE KIDS ACROSS CHICAGOLAND.