Fighting hunger on the weekend at Belmont Elementary School
Posted on 10/01/2018
Belmont ES Blessings in a Backpack groupFor the second year in a row, Belmont Elementary School is leading the way in combating hunger for students in the local community through the “Blessings in a Backpack” program. With help from Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Dale Murphy and employees of Avenu Insights & Analytics, Belmont Elementary staff and students packed bags of food to put in the backpacks of 50 students at risk for food insecurity. In just under two hours, more than 250 bags of food were packed and ready to be distributed to selected students to take home on Fridays.

Blessings in a Backpack works with schools across the United States to feed more than 87,000 students on the weekends and help to combat hunger. Food insecurity currently affects more than 13.1 million children in the U.S., and studies show that negative impacts of hunger greatly affect a student’s ability to achieve academic success.

Speaking to the assembled group of volunteers, Murphy said, “This event reminds me that there are many who aren’t as fortunate as my family. Those who are the most vulnerable in this world, we need to reach out and make their lives better.”

The enthusiasm and smiles of everyone participating in the event were contagious, and the many volunteers made the work go quickly. At the end of the event, the room was full of people who were filled with the appreciation that they had been able to help and make a small difference in the lives of the local community.