The Frederick Chapter

Every Friday, 29% of Frederick County students — that’s more than 13,300 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 consequences are much more than a growling stomach. Hunger can cause many physical health problems. It can shorten a child’s attention span, lower their IQ, and keep them from making good grades.

That’s where Blessings in a Backpack can help.

Our mission is simple: we provide food on the weekends for school-aged children who might otherwise go hungry

Our Impact

The Blessings in a Backpack Frederick Chapter 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 prepacked 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 prepacks are ordered from a national partner and are very convenient for our current purpose during this pandemic. We currently serve 4,200 children in 30 local schools.

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2022/23 School Year

This school year, our goal is to expand the Blessings in a Backpack program to serving 4,500 children every Friday.

Who will feed the kids this weekend?

Together, we will!

You can help us reach that goal by:

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