About Blessings

What we do? Blessings in a Backpack provides elementary school children who are on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with a backpack of food to take home for 38 weekends during the school year. Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, mac and cheese and oatmeal.

Read our 2012-13 Year-end Review to learn more.

Why we do it

There are 20+ million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, increased hospitalization, lower IQ, shorter attention spans, and lower academic achievement. Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, but we want to make sure they're getting nutritional meals over the weekend too.

Blessing in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization. The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in the public schools.

Akron Chapter

Blessings in a Backpack Akron currently serves over 800 students at the Helen E Arnold Community Learning Center, McEbright Community Learning Center Crouse Community Learning Center, Schumacher Community Learning Center, and Bridges Learning Center.

Schools Supported

Helen Arnold Community Learning Center

McEbright Community Learning Center

Crouse Community Learning Center

Schumacher Community Learning Center

Bridges Learning Center

Sponsors and Donors


Thanks to local foundations, organizations and businesses - all supporting Blessings in a Backpack – Akron to help feed hungry children.

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3454 Aegean Drive
Akron, OH 44333