Blessings in a Backpack (BIAB) is a national 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding over 88,000 children in over 1000 schools in 47 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in public schools. BIAB is feeding the future of America, one school at a time.
The Steering Committee of Blessings in a Backpack-Livonia (BIAB-Livonia) was officially formed in 2014 and that fall we started planning for our first annual “Bowling for Backpacks” event. This event was held at Merri-Bowl Lanes in November and was a huge success. We had 144 bowlers, 24 lane sponsors, and a very successful raffle and auction. With this event, we succeeded in meeting our $10,000 goal needed to begin sending backpacks home. On January 9, 2015 we distributed our first backpacks to students at Garfield Elementary.
In November 2015, we added our second school, Rosedale Elementary. On November 21, 2015 we held our 2nd Annual Bowling for Backpacks, which was another resounding success, and allowed us to add three more schools in the first half of 2016: Kennedy Elementary, Johnson Upper Elementary, and Webster Elementary.
We held our 1st Annual Trivia Night in April of 2016, and our 3rd Annual Bowling for Backpacks in November of 2016. A Cereal Drive in the spring of 2016 was an amazing success, with thousands of cereal boxes coming our way! For Thanksgiving vacation in 2016, generous donations from the Kiwanis in Livonia and Larry’s Foodland resulted in special Thanksgiving food bags sent home with over 200 at-risk LPS students. And thanks to Community Choice Credit Union and Larry’s Foodland, we were able to send home special Holiday Food Bags in December. In December 2016, we also added our 6th school – Randolph Elementary.
In February 2017 we had a soup drive sponsored by the SAAC Program and a fundraiser at Granite City. The spring followed up with our 2nd Annual Trivia night and 2nd Cereal Drive with great success! Palogix had us as a benefactor from their raffle fundraiser at the Golf Tournament for the 3rd year in a row! We also received large donations from Palogix ,Amazon, and Walmart.
The summer of 2017 was busy with can food drives from many churches and a generous monetary donation from Trinity Health and Trinity Lutheran Church. In July Dream Dinners had a fundraiser for us and we sold all the time slots! We assisted with the YMCA’s Fuel Up Summer Meals Program. Members gave talks at Plymouth Rotary, Trinity Health, St. Paul Presbyterian. We networked with Livonia Cares, Livonia Save Our Youth, Livonia YMCA, and Livonia Rotary.
In the fall of 2017 we participated in the annual Livonia Corn Roast and the Open House Trick or Treat at Jack E. Kirksey Livonia Community Recreation Center. We also had our first Vendor Fair with a bake sale. In November we added our 7th school-Hayes Elementary and had our 4th Annual Bowling event! The year ended with many generous donations, including an anonymous donation of all 15 new bins we needed to expand into the new schools. We can’t thank those enough who support us!!
We started 2018 off starting in our 8th school Grant Elementary and ending it with adding our 10th school, Cleveland Elementary! We couldn’t have done it without all the support at our events ( our annual Cereal Drive, Vendor Fair, Bowling for Backpacks ,Trivia Night) and contributions thru out the year.
We look forward to seeing everyone at our Trivia Night coming up on April 26, 2019 at a larger venue this year because we were at capacity last year!
If you would like more information about Blessings in a Backpack-Livonia, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!