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Blessings in a Backpack Day

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City of Akron Press Release
Published: 09-15-2015

Blessings in a Backpack Day

Mayor Fusco to Fill Backpacks with Food and Press Conference to Bring Awareness to Childhood Hunger in Akron

            Akron, Ohio (September 15, 2015) -  Mayor Jeff Fusco will hold a Press Conference while packing bags of food Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. for children at the McEbright Community Learning Center, 349 Cole Ave., as part of a nationwide effort to bring awareness to childhood hunger. 

            Childhood hunger in America and poor nutrition contribute to shorter attention span, decreased attendance, and lower academic achievement. Blessings in a Backpack has a simple mission: to provide weekend food for children in the Akron area who are at-risk of childhood hunger. Akron is fortunate to have passionate volunteers, parents, teachers, community organizations and businesses supporting the effort through this non-profit organization. As a result, children who participate in Blessings in a Backpack have shown improvement in attendance, behavior and health.            

            In Akron there are six schools that participate in Blessings in a Backpack - Akron. Thanks to the efforts of local volunteers and an annual budget of $64,000, approximately 820 children receive bags of food on Fridays to take home with them over the weekend.

 For more about the program, go to their website at: www.blessingsakron.org or contact Beth Hudak, Director, Blessings in a Backpack – Akron at [email protected]

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