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Blessings in a Backpack Now In Mexico School District

MEXICO – As of this fall, the United Baptist Church of Scriba, with the aid of others in the community, has been implementing a Blessings in a Backpack program for 50 students at the New Haven Elementary School.

Packing the bags with food for the "Blessings in a Backpack" program from left are: Patti Powers, Karen Rappleye, Dorothy Taylor and Chuck Bailey.
Packing the bags with food for the “Blessings in a Backpack” program from left are: Patti Powers, Karen Rappleye, Dorothy Taylor and Chuck Bailey.

We plan to continue this program for a minimum of three years and are hoping to expand with your help.

BIB is a National non-profit organization that was founded in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2005.

It provides elementary schoolchildren 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, apple sauce, mac and cheese and oatmeal.

BIB is currently feeding more than 76,000 children in 800 schools in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Its goal is to feed the future of America, one school at a time. (for more details go to www.blessingsinabackpack.org)

Why do we do it and how much does it cost?

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.

Holding the winter hats that the Scriba Knit Wits created to put into the "Blessings in a Backpack" bags for the children from left are: Donna Dubois-Taylor, Ted Powers, Brian Taylor and Dorothy Taylor.
Holding the winter hats that the Scriba Knit Wits created to put into the “Blessings in a Backpack” bags for the children from left are: Donna Dubois-Taylor, Ted Powers, Brian Taylor and Dorothy Taylor.

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.

$80 feeds one child on the weekends for one 38 week school year through the BIB program.

100% of the money raised for this program goes to feeding the children.

How can you help us get these hungry kids nourished and ready to learn?

Tax deductible donations of any dollar amount can be made to the program by sending a check to the United Baptist Church of Scriba, 5111 State Route 104E, Oswego, NY 13126.

Please note on the check “Blessings in a Backpack.”

Or you can donate online through the link below:   https://www.crowdrise.com/blessingsinabackpack-mexicoschooldistrictny/fundraiser/briantaylor7

Volunteers are also needed to assist in other ways.

Please contact Brian Taylor at (315-297-6698) or Carla Stelmach at (315-416-6116) if you could pick up the food, pack the bags or deliver the bags to the school.

A special thank you goes out to all who have already contributed time, money supplies or wise counsel for this wonderful cause.