September 17, 2015
Contact: Ashley Simmons, Office of the Mayor   
704-336-3438 or 704-614-9116                                
CHARLOTTE – Mayor Dan Clodfelter recently issued a proclamation declaring today “Blessings in a Backpack Day” 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.
“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.
For more information about Blessings in a Backpack and how to get involved, please visit www.blessingsinabackpack.orgRead the Mayor's proclamation here.