Monthly Newsletter | December 2020
Your Impact:

Meet Miranda, a first-grader who is happy, healthy, and thriving, despite all the uncertainties in our world right now, and she loves being a Blessings in a Backpack recipient! Our program means so much that she burst into tears at the beginning of the school year when Blessings food was being distributed, and she didn't get a bag. The school quickly acted and realized their mistake! Miranda took home a bag of food that day, and has every Friday since.

We know 2020 has been a difficult year, and many things seem unknown right now, but a child shouldn't have to worry about whether they will eat. Who will feed the kids this weekend? Why not you?

Make a year-end gift to ensure kids like Miranda have full bellies in the new year. For as little as $12 a month, you could be the reason a child has food to eat when they're not at school.
Warrior for Kids:

Congratulations to Doris Heran Taylor, the nutrition services manager at Engelhard Elementary School! On Giving Tuesday we randomly selected Doris as the winning #WarriorforKids on Instagram Live. She received a $1,000 Amazon gift card, made possible by the Spartan Kids Foundation. Helen Hall will receive a Vera Bradley prize package for nominating Doris.

Helen shared, "Doris is the energizer bunny in human form. She never misses a day of work and is a strong team leader and a team player… the glass is always 'half-full' in her world, which drives her positive attitude. Doris has not let the pandemic stop her for one second to feed the children who depend on nutritious meals from her kitchen. Doris knows the students and families who come see her and always has a warm smile."

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to meet the Warriors spreading kindness by helping others during the pandemic.
Gift Ideas that Give Back to Blessings:

Fill the bottom of the tree and your heart at the same time! These great gifts will help feed kids on the weekends. (Clockwise)

Available in kid and adult sizes
(Winner of our nationwide t-shirt design contest!)

Starry Strawberries and Daisy Days designs available!

Shop hats, leggings, hoodies, t-shirts, and more!

by Monica Rich Kosann and Jamie Beck

Double-layered premium face masks with adjustable ear straps for kids and adults.

Available in a shiny gold finish.

For more gift ideas, like Tervis tumblers and children's books, go to our website.
Core News:
Year in Review:

With unexpected school closures, a growing pandemic, and childhood hunger numbers on the rise, Blessings in a Backpack, like the rest of the country, was forced to reevaluate the way we operated this year. Because of so many amazing volunteers, partners, and supporters, we continued to provide food for children in need.

Through the darkness and uncertainty that was (is) the COVID-19 public health emergency, everyday heroes continue to step up for children all across the country. The extraordinary number of children with access to food on the weekends would not be possible without our dedicated team of heroes. Thank you for being a hero for more than 88,000 food-insecure children across the country.
Year End Giving:

This year, everyone can deduct $300 from their taxes whether or not they itemize their deductions. Please note that for your donation to apply to your 2020 taxes, online gifts must be made by 11: 59 p.m. ET. on Dec. 31, 2020. Mailed donations must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2020.
*This includes gifts of stock. If you have questions about giving stock before year-end, please email Pam.

Good Apples:
Blessings in a Backpack Names New Chief Executive Officer

The Blessings in a Backpack National Board of Directors has announced that CEO Brooke Wiseman will retire from the organization and Erin Kerr, current Chief Development Officer, will be appointed as the organization's CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2021.

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Giving Tuesday: We did it! THANK YOU.

Because you became a Warrior for Kids this year, we crossed the finished line together in a valiant fashion-surpassing our Giving Tuesday goal of $100,000, raising more than $184,000 to feed kids who might otherwise go hungry.

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22,000 Hunger-Free Weekends Made Possible by IICF

This year, our partner Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) donated over $112,800 to help Blessings feed kids, providing more than 22,000 bags of food to children across 32 Blessings in a Backpack programs in Illinois and Ohio.

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Delta Pilots Charitable Fund Feeds Kids on the Weekends

As childhood hunger numbers soar to new heights, the Delta Pilots Charitable Fund gave a generous gift of $100,000 to provide 25,000 bags of healthy, satisfying food for kids who might otherwise go hungry.

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Louisville Woman Honored as a 'Warrior for Kids'

"Until you talk to a kid who has been hungry, once you hear it, it permeates your heart and stays with you forever," said Regina Jackson-Willis, the family resource coordinator at Engelhard Elementary School and a 'Warrior for Kids.'

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Staff at Poynette Schools Receive Cookies of Appreciation

To show appreciation for the extra steps taken by the staff at the Poynette schools, the Poynette Blessings in a Backpack Program partnered with Chris & Lori’s Bakehouse in Poynette, to provide a small treat to school staff.

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Thank You to Our Donors
Reflects giving from July 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2020:
$100,000 and Up
 $25,000 to $49,999 
The Albertsons Companies Foundation 
Allied Products Corporation 
Ausherman Family Foundation, Inc. 
Bobby Nichols Fiddlesticks Charity Foundation 
Brown and Caldwell 
The Community Foundation of Frederick County 
Community Foundation of Greater Rochester 
Farmers Insurance 
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation 
Molex, LLC 
PGA TOUR Volunteer Appreciation Program sponsored by Myrbetriq 
Related Affordable Foundation 
United Way Of Northeast Florida 
Vera Bradley

$15,000 to $24,999 
The Amit J & Vicky L Patel Foundation 
BKD Foundation 
Clark Family Foundation, Inc. 
CME Group 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
The City of Frederick 
General Motors Foundation 
Gresham Grocery Outlet 
Latin Women's Initiative 
Melitta S. and Joan M. Pick Charitable Trust 
St John's Grocery Outlet 
Walmart Foundation 
William H. Donner Foundation, Inc.

$10,000 to $14,999 
Arby's Foundation 
Blessings in a Backpack Fort Wayne 
Cahill Homes 
Covenant United Methodist Church 
Craig and Mary Schiefelbein Foundation 
James Gorman 
The Martin Andersen-Gracia Andersen Foundation, Inc. 
Monsanto (Bayer) Fund 
Name Bubbles 
Steven Pack 
Percent Pledge 
Rodar LLC 
Texas Capital Bank 
UPS-Jacksonville Employees