What We Do

The Program
  • Blessings in a Backpack provides food over the weekend to children that qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch program.
  • Students receive a backpack each Friday with easy to prepare meals and snacks.
  • Students return the backpacks on Monday mornings nourished and ready to learn.
  • Money raised in our community stays in our community. As a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status, we support our program costs through fundraising events, grants and both individual and business donations. 

Why Blessings in a Backpack is Needed
  • Up to 77% of elementary-age students in the Wausau and DC Everest schools qualify for Federal Free and Reduced Lunch. 
  • Unmet nutritional needs make it very difficult for children to learn, pay attention in class, and behave properly to retain knowledge

Typical Backpack Food Items
  • The backpacks include two breakfast items, two snacks and two lunches of easy to prepare food items such as oatmeal, granola bars, and mac & cheese. 
  • Blessings in a Backpack reviews its menu items with a nutritionist to ensure appropriateness.

National Support, Local Emphasis
  • Blessings in a Backpack mentors and supports communities to run food backpack projects in more than 511 schools in 41 states and serves more than 58,000 children.
  • Our local affiliate serves students in the DC Everest and Wausau School Districts.