Extend the Holiday Giving Season
As winter break approaches, students are making sock snowmen and reindeer paintings in art class as teachers are preparing for the mountain of grading that marks the end of the semester. The short days are being crowned with holiday lights as falling snow delights the children. Most students are gleefully anticipating winter break because, for them, winter break means spending days at their grandparents’ house watching Netflix in their pajamas.
For some students, however, the approach of winter break provokes anxious thoughts that gnaw at their stomachs which turn into hunger pains once break starts. For students who are deemed food insecure, their most substantial meal of the day comes from their school’s free or reduced school lunch program - a program to which they do not have access during school breaks.
As a mission-driven organization, BoardShare strongly supports helping improve education outcomes for students across the United States. Well-fed children are a vital prerequisite for our goal, so we are encouraging everyone to extend the holiday giving spirit to food insecure children.
During this season of giving, everyone can help in different ways, whether it is by cooking a meal for a neighbor in need, helping the local food pantry, or donating to an organization that combats food insecurity among school-aged children.
Blessings in a Backpack is one such organization.
Working year-round to feed children, Blessings in a Backpack fills backpacks with healthy food for children to take home to eat over the weekend when they do not have access to school lunch programs. Blessings in a Backpack even created and packed blizzard bags full of non-perishable food so that food insecure children can still eat in case of a snow day.
At a blizzard bag event in Frederick, Maryland, Hermine Bernstein, a program coordinator for Blessings in Backpack, said, “Children shouldn’t have to worry about being hungry. They should be out playing in the snow.”
With winter break nearing, Blessings in a Backpack is packing bags filled with two weeks worth of food as the anxious thoughts plaguing food insecure students’ stomachs fade with the slight tug of a food-filled backpack on their shoulders.
Here at BoardShare, as we finalize our winter holiday travel plans and hang up reindeer drawings on our fridge, we encourage everyone to extend the holiday giving spirit to food insecure children by becoming involved with organizations that combat food insecurity among children such as Blessings in a Backpack.
Blessings in a Backpack offers several different ways to volunteer:
- Plan an Employee Engagement Event to pack backpacks
- Find local volunteer opportunities
- Donate your birthday
- Encourage your workplace to become a corporate sponsor
- Write notes of encouragement to the students
For a full list of ways to get involved, visit https://www.blessingsinabackpack.org/get-involved/.
For more information about Blessings in a Backpack, visit https://www.blessingsinabackpack.org/.
Interested in starting a Blessings in a Backpack program at your school? Blessing in a Backpack has a guide to get started.
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