August 2018

Now thru August 11th Stan’s Market  and the Kirksey Recreation Center are collection sites to help local Eagle Scout Alex Chartier with a food that he’s having for our local Blessing in a Backpack, please view the flyer for details.  BIAB_fooddrive

Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church will be giving out filled backpacks on Saturday, August 18 from 10 am – noon.  
Their mission is to let Jesus light shine in our community and around the world to children in need of basic school supplies.

If you would like to donate, information is below:

Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church will supply the back-packs and totes for this endeavor.
They’re asking members to purchase a basic list of supplies to fill these back packs and totes.  The goal is to fill over 500 to be distributed to children locally, with an additional 300 sent to the Lutheran World Relief
to distribute in third world countries.
If you would like to donate some supplies, the following list is what is being included in each backpack.
Please have all supplies to the church by Friday, August 10 as we will be stuffing the bags the next day.

• Four 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8” X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
• One 30-centimeter ruler, or a 12” ruler with centimeters on one side
• One pencil sharpener (one that catches its own shavings)
• One blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well)
• Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers; secure together with a rubber band
• Five black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink); secure together with a rubber band
• One box 24 crayons
• One 2½” eraser

We’re currently looking for additional Steering Committee members. If you think you would be interested, please email biablivonia@gmail.com


Thank you so much to Bowker Insurance Group by holding a Rally Day and those that allowed them to quote you so we could get a referral fee. Thanks to this event we have a donation of $1200 from them!

In June 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!!

Thank you to Bowker Insurance Group, they made us their Community Cause for in April!

A big THANK YOU goes out to Karen Sangregorio and friends at theLivonia Rec Center. They started off our cereal drive with a bang and contributed over 325 boxes of cereal and a $200 donation.

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!

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.