Jamie Waldhoff and Kelsey Weber of Blessings in a Backpack stopped by the studio to talk about the organization and the upcoming packing session at Total Quality Warehouse.
Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker recently declared September 17th as Blessings in a Backpack Day. For this day, Effingham will join communities around the United States in this celebration Nationally, Blessings in a Backback feeds more than 76,000 children on the weekends in 44 states and the District of Columbia. Locally, the Effingham chapter serves around 350 children per week. Mayors across the country are joining forces with teams from local Blessings in a Backpack programs to pack bags full of food for children in their communities.
On Wednesday (September 16), Mayor Bloemker will be joined by school principals and counselors, media representatives, community and business leaders for a special packing session and celebration at Total Quality Warehouse.
The Blessings in a Backpack executive board expresses appreciation for the significant contributions the community has made to children in need. The group began in the 2013-14 school year with 130 students, and ended the 2014-15 year with more than 330 students served. This year they anticipate serving 350- 370 children in the district. This growth can only be accomplished through the tremendous support of the local community. Total Quality Warehouse lends space for packing and volunteers meet twice per month to pack food bags. Local businesses volunteer time to deliver the bags to schools. Teachers add the bags to student’s backpacks during a recess or planning period.