We completed our last packing for this school year. Thank you so much to all the packing volunteers through out this school year, we couldn’t do it without you!
We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be adding another school in the fall, Cooper Elementary!!
Come join us at Community Days at the Town Peddler on July 14th.
Thank you to Bowker Insurance Group, they made us their Community Cause for last month!
Thanks to the Citizen Bank branches inLivonia, Plymouth, Canton Twp and Plymouth Twp who recently held a food and cereal drive for us. Over 500 individual food items and 32 boxes of cereal were collected.
We wanted to acknowledge and congratulate Two Men and a Truck for receiving the Livonia Chamber award for Small Business of the Year. We wouldn’t be able to provide the bags of food to the schools without their help every week, thank you for all you do to support us!!
Our 3rd Annual Trivia Night was a great success, it was sold out!
A special thanks to all those who attended the event and to those who donated to our cause!
- Thanks to Scott Heraty and the Livonia Firefighters Charity Committee for a wonderful donation of Meijer Gift Cards
- Thank you to Emmanuel Lutheran Church who sent us a check $1,883.33
- Thank you to Main Street League of Northville who set a goal to pay for a week’s worth of food, and they achieved it with a $900 donation
Thank you so much for your generosity,we can’t thank you enough!
We had a meal prep event at Dream Dinners on February 22nd with the 7 pm time slot sold out. Thank you to all those that attended!
We started the new year off with great news, we’re now in our 8th school, Grant Elementary and we received a generous donation from Specialized Surgeons!
As part of National Gratitude month we received a $5000 check from Community Financial Credit Union. Thank you so much!
Our fourth annual bowling for backpacks was a great success.
Our event was featured in the local news: http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/livonia/2017/11/12/bowling-backpacks-event-helps-strike-out-childhood-hunger/824246001/
Thank you to the Churchill High School Girls Volleyball teams and their opponents at their September tournament for their canned food, Meijer gift card and monetary donations drive, click the link for more detailed information:
Blessings in a Backpack-Livonia” is part of the national Blessings in a Backpack program that addresses the problem of childhood hunger. Each week backpacks are packed by volunteers and distributed to the participating Livonia Public School children who are considered “food insecure”.
Currently, we provide eligible children at Garfield Elementary, Grant Elementary, Hayes Elementary, Kennedy Elementary, Randolph Elementary, Rosedale Elementary , Webster Elementary, and Johnson Upper Elementary in Livonia, Michigan with weekend food backpacks during the school year, for a total of 307 children. In the summer, we send home big boxes of cereal in our attempt to answer the need for summertime nutritional assistance.
In Livonia Public Schools, there are nearly 4,000 students eligible for free or reduced lunches. Many of these children do not receive sufficient meals or nutrition on the weekend either. The unfortunate result is that many students return to school on Mondays tired and hungry and are unable to concentrate or care about their studies. There is still a lot of work for BIAB-Livonia to do!
Blessings in a Backpack – Livonia is run by a group of volunteers from Livonia who form the Steering Committee, and is associated with the national office of Blessings in a Backpack (http://blessingsinabackpack.org/). Meijer Food supplies the food to fill our backpacks at a greatly reduced price. It costs BIAB-Livonia $100 – $110 to feed a child each weekend for a school year.