According to the Feeding America Organization, 13.1 million children lived in food-insecure households in 2015.
This is especially an issue in the City of Frederick.
“There are over 11,000 children in Frederick who are living at or below the poverty level and depend on school meals as their primary source of nutrition during the week,” said Program Coordinator of the Frederick chapter of Blessings in a Backpack, Hermine Bernstein.
That’s where the Frederick chapter of Blessings in a Backpack steps-in.
“What we do is we provide a safety net so that these children won’t go hungry on the weekends. Of course, we can’t feed all 11,000 children. We are currently in 11 schools feeding about 1,400 children, and the more money we raise, the more food we collect and the more children we can feed,” said Bernstein.
Each backpack will have about eight items and will provide weekend nutrition to children who are on the free and reduced meal program.
“Children will get breakfast, lunch and snacks for each of the two days. We try to replicate what they’re getting in school during the week. They might get oatmeal, ravioli or macaroni and cheese,” added Bernstein.
This year, Blessings in a Backpack partnered with the Literacy Council of Frederick County, Maryland, and there will be something extra for the students.
“My idea was that we would partner with them. We would provide each child with at least one book and hopefully one or two that they could share with a sibling when they go home at Christmas,” said the Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for the Literacy Council of Frederick County, Diana Halleman.
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