Our U.S. Feeding Program Fund, through our Backpack Feeding program, provides children food to take home on the weekends and during summer break when they otherwise might not receive regular meals. We support children at our affiliated projects in Kentucky, Washington, D.C., Arizona, New Mexico, Virginia, and New Orleans.
What is backpack feeding?
Twenty-two million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. Although free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs provide significant nutritional benefits to students during the school day, many disadvantaged children do not have access to regular meals when school is not in session. For many of these children, school meals may be the only meals they eat.
Our Backpack Feeding Program, funded by our U.S. Feeding Program Fund, helps alleviate child hunger by discreetly providing hungry children with bags full of nutritious, non-perishable, and easy-to-prepare food on Friday afternoons, so they have food to eat throughout the weekend or over holiday breaks. Thanks to the Backpack Feeding Program, children show up on Monday morning healthy and ready to learn.
What you need to know about child hunger in the U.S.
– In America, 1 in 6 children don’t know where they will get their next meal
– Nearly 13 million kids in the U.S. face hunger
– 5 out of 6 kids who rely on free or reduced-price school meals aren’t getting free meals in the summer
How you can help
Every year, Children Incorporated provides food for hundreds of children in the United States. Consider donating to our U.S. Feeding Programs Fund to help ensure that children get enough food to eat every day!
$25 fills a book bag full of food for three children
$50 fills two book bags full of food for three children
$100 provides three children food for one month
$250 fills thirty book bags full of food for children (how many children? And for how long?)
$500 fills sixty book bags full of food for children (how many children? And for how long?)
$1,000 provides food for thirty children for a month