Every Friday, 28 percent of Frederick County students — that’s more than 12,000 kids 18 and under — leave school uncertain if they will have enough food to eat over the weekend. That’s 65 hours without proper nutrition and an empty belly!
The Frederick Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack works to raise awareness of childhood hunger and improve the lives of local children who depend on school meals as their primary source of nutrition, by providing food when school meals are not available.
Each week we distribute a pre-packed bag of food to any child across Frederick County that is in need to eat on the weekends. Frederick County Public Schools distributes food but only for the school week. These pre-packs are ordered from a national partner and are very convenient for our current purpose during this pandemic. We currently serve 3,100 children in 26 local schools.
We have started occasionally distributing, in addition to the pre-packs, what we call Emergency Snack Packs (ESPs) to supplement more filling items on long weekends or school breaks. During the school year when school is in-person these are sent home on the chance there could be a delayed opening or school closure due to inclement weather.
Who will feed the kids this weekend?
Why not you?
Roy R. Rahmati, CAP
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Jennifer Leader Anderson
Food Distribution Team Lead
Monocacy Valley Montessori & North Frederick
Food Purchasing Coordinator
Green Valley E.S.
YMCA of Frederick County Head Start
Carroll Manor E.S.
Mary Ann Harris
SUCCESS Counselor, LCPC