OSWEGO, NY – Following the Thanksgiving holidays, the Oswego YMCA teamed up with Blessings in a Backpack to coordinate a Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive to supplement backpacks filled with regularly provided food items that will go home with children in need over the Christmas break.
“Peanut butter and jelly can sustain kids for multiple days over the long break,” said Blessings in a Backpack Program Coordinator, Melissa Russell, “families won’t have the additional burden of Christmas and feeding kids who will be home all week.”
Blessings in a Backpack is a results-oriented program designed to feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the federally funded National School Lunch Program and have little or no access to healthy food on the weekends.
“We have been able to expand the program to another school in 2017, thanks to a donation from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation” said Russell.
With help from the Oswego YMCA, Blessings in a Backpack has been able to reach more people and serve more kids.
The current food drive at the Oswego YMCA raised more than 255 meals for kids in need.
“Our goal was 150 meals and we have definitely surpassed that” said Jessica McGiff, OswegoYMCA Respite Director. “We can’t wait to start the February and April food drives as the support for this program has been amazing from our membership and community.”
“One out of every four children in Oswego County is at risk of going hungry. The Oswego YMCA wants to support Blessings in a Backpack of Oswego to help stop hunger in our community. We want to support anyone who wants to support kids,”said Oswego YMCA Chief Executive Officer, Kerrie Webb. “We look forward to supporting Blessings in a Backpack with additional food drives in February and April.”
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
With more than 1,600 members, one in nine people living in the Oswego community is a member of Oswego YMCA.
Daily, youth, adults and families find the support and services they need to improve their quality of life.
The Oswego YMCA serves as a community resource providing programs including a variety of Aquatics programs and Swim Lessons, Youth, Adult and Family Fitness, Active Older Adult with Silver & Fit and Silver Sneakers opportunities, School Age Childcare, Summer Camp, Parents Night Out and many parent and child programs.
Across the U.S., 2,700 YMCAs engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.
The Oswego YMCA is located at 265 W. First St.
For more information, call (315) 342-6082 or visit www.oswegoymca.org.
About Blessings in a Backpack
Blessings in a Backpack, People Magazines Charity of 2012, is a results-oriented program that is designed to feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the federally funded National School Lunch Program and have little or no food on the weekends. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program. As little as $100 feeds one American school child in our program for an entire 38-week school year. Blessings in a Backpack is currently feeding over 88,000 children in 48 states, the District of Columbia and 900 schools. Please visit www.blessingsinabackpack.org. We are Feeding the Future of America – one school at a time.