Last month we were able to start in our 7th school, Hayes Elementary!
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:
THANK YOU for some generous donations we’ve received over the summer!
Trinity Health donated $5270 at their summer picnic.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church donated $1023 from their Cruise for a Cause event
DREAM DINNERS! A wonderful time was had by all, putting together such luscious meals as Dill Marinated Shrimp with Pasta, Lemon Villa Chicken with Garlic Asparagus Spears, and Sizzling Sirloin Beef Fried Rice. We all went home with 3 meals for our families, having also snacked on some pretty yummy samples. And to top it off, $10 from every purchase was donated to Blessings in a Backpack-Livonia. Talk about a win-win situation!
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, 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 265 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.