Who Will Feed the Kids This Weekend?
We have rescheduled our June 2nd golf tournament and our new date is October 2nd. We're by then restrictions/orders are lifted and we can once again socialize. Otherwise, we might just have to come up with a "self distancing" tournament, lol.
Please join us for our 5th annual Swing To End Hunger charity golf tournament, Friday, Oct 2, 2020 at Mather Golf Course, Mather California.
We are partnering up with Friends of Folsom again this year because we are a perfect pairing with us sending weekend food home for kids and they feed families by donating over 10,000 turkeys last year to the Sacramento - Folsom areas. Please follow this link to see what FOF is all about.
Our tournament is a FUN filled day and a great excuse for a 3 day weekend. A delicious BBQ tri-tip/chicken lunch will round off the tournament.
We have a new food locker and it's at least 3-4 times bigger, YAH!
BIAB started packing 30 - 40 food bags in JD's dining and living rooms in 2014. We stored the food we needed right there and had her two grandgirls, Logan and Lindsay help each week.
In 2015 we were feeding over 200 children and had to move the operation out of the house. BIAB was fortunate to have space at Unity of Sacramento to store and pack our food bags offered to us. This process worked pretty well for us but children were constantly asking us asking me what they could do to help, which got us to thinking.
Kids helping kids has to help create kindness and with that in mind we looked at making a big change to our program. We talked to each of our schools with the request that their students can start packing their school's food bags, weekly. Our schools embraced this change and their respective student councils lead up the packing each week. Each school picks up 3 weeks worth of food at a time and then assemble the food bags on Thursdays. During the last recess, on Fridays, the teachers will put the food bag into the backpack of students on our program.
Many of the children we've encountered express surprise that other students might go weekends without food and with that in mind, we saw an opportunity to educate and give kids a tool to help with this delicate subject. In 2015 we are introduced the book Maddi's Fridge to students at our elementary schools via students from each school doing a skit with the book. Maddi's Fridge is written by a teacher, Lois Brandt and is perfect for us to teach this life lesson. The students had a blast being actors for the day!
Jump forward to 2020 and we are currently sending weekend food home for 330 kids in seven FCUSD's elementary schools. The schools are, currently, coming once every three weeks and we load them up with lots of kid friendly food and a menu for the 3 weeks. Students from each school pack the food bags, usually on Thursdays. The students are given the amount of kids in each class but never the student's name that receives the food. After the students deliver the weekend bags of food, each teacher puts in the the student's backpack during their last recess. That child is then ensured enough food to get them through the weekend.
Our food bill can easily be in exccess of $900 each week and we provide weekend bags of food every week of the school year. A great way you can help BIAB out is hosting a food drive. Whether you work for an organization that can host a BIG food drive or if your child needs community service hours and can host a small food drive, we appreciate it all because every single bit helps us feed the kids here in the FCUSD.
To turn this into a team building event, we can do a bag packing event right at your place of employment or your place of worship. Follow this link for more info or email JD@BibSac.org
Why We Do This
Kids should worry about being kids and not where their next meal is coming from. Sadly hundreds of our children right here in Rancho Cordova and Folsom have to wonder if that lunch they're eating on Friday is their last meal until they return to school on Monday.
We are a nonprofit working to end the 60+ hours some children go without food. The kids receive free breakfast and lunch every day of the school year but what about the weekends? That's where Blessings in a Backpack steps in. We send home 5 meals and 2 snacks, each Friday, to help children in households dealing with food shortage issues.
Our charity golf tournament SWING TO END HUNGER helps us raise funds which enables us to buy food for the weekend food bags.
Another great way we get help is with a Food Drive. We would love to talk with you and help arrange a food drive with your fellow employees, family, friends, sports teams or church members. Click here to see our menu and items we send home each week. This link will take you to our food drive info.
We write Grants to raise funds to feed the kids and we accept donations onour secure website at this link.