FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2014
CHARLOTTE, NC — Mayor Dan Clodfelter packed bags full of food for children as part of “Blessings in a Backpack Day” September 18 at Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School as part of a nationwide effort to combat childhood hunger.
Every weekend, children across the country go hungry because they don’t have enough food to eat. While fed during the school week by the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program, these students have little or no means of obtaining food on the weekends. Blessings in a Backpack is a 501(c)3 organization that provides food for more than 65,000 of these elementary school children across 45 different states on weekends during the school year, filling a significant hunger gap for these children.
The United States Conference of Mayors passed a resolution in June declaring Thursday, September 18, 2014 “Blessings in a Backpack Day.” Mayor Clodfelter joins several mayors who took part in this initiative across the country.
“Child hunger is a persistent challenge for our communities across the United States,” said Mayor Dan Clodfelter. “I appreciate the opportunity to raise awareness to this important issue.”
Each week, program coordinators and local volunteers nationwide pack and deliver bags full of food to students at school on Fridays to take home with them over the weekend. Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School is one of several schools that participate in the Blessings in A Backpack program. The school’s free and reduced lunch population stands at 84 percent.
“I am so grateful for the support of Mayor Clodfelter and the U.S. Conference of Mayors for their support of our work across the nation,” said Brooke Wiseman, CEO, Blessings in a Backpack. “No child should have to go hungry, and I hope these efforts continue to raise awareness of the hunger our nation’s children face, and encourage others to become involved in Blessings in a Backpack – helping us feed the future of America.”
About Blessings in a Backpack: Hunger has both short- and long-term negative effects on children’s health and ability to succeed in school. Blessings in a Backpack is a results-oriented 501(c)(3) program dedicated to ensuring that impoverished American elementary school children are fed over weekends. Blessings in a Backpack currently feeds more than 65,000 children in 45 different states. For more information visit www.blessingsinabackpack.org