After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, comes Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday provides a great way to get involved and give back to your local community. Mark your calendars now for this Giving Tuesday, November 29th. Join Gleaners and take the #BackSackChallenge. We need your help to give 10,000 BackSacks to hungry Hoosier kids.
How Can I Help?
Our goal is to give 10,000 BackSacks to feed hungry Hoosier kids through the holidays and beyond. Your donation can help continue to feed BackSack kids into the new year.
- $5 provides 1 child with a BackSack for one weekend
- $20 provides 1 child with a BackSack each week for a month
- $100 fully funds 1 child’s BackSack needs for an entire semester
- $200 fully funds 1 child’s BackSack needs for an entire school year
Thanks to a generous match from Sandor Development, on Tuesday November 29th, you have the opportunity to be a part of funding 10,000 BackSacks IN ONE DAY! Sandor Development will match dollar for dollar up to $18,000 for the first 3,600 BackSacks. Your donation goes further to helping us reach 10,000 BackSacks in the #BackSackChallenge
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Click here to give or text FEEDING to 27722 to give 2 BackSacks right from your phone! Help your friends jump on board by telling them how you are going to celebrate #GivingTuesday.
About the BackSacks Program
Hunger is a real and present danger to children across America and right here in Indiana. A recent report estimates that one in five Hoosier children do not have enough to eat to be healthy. Teachers know this is true, as some of their students come to school on Monday morning too hungry to learn.
These are the children who miss too much school, hoard food, and rely on their school's breakfast and lunch to feed them throughout the week. It's a big problem, and it calls for a big response.
Schools do a good job of providing meals to at-risk children. But what about the weekend? That's where the BackSacks Program comes in. Gleaners provides a supply of healthy food to young children each Friday that is perfect for the weekend:
- Shelf stable --- never needs refrigeration
- Nutritious --- checked by a dietitian and taste-tested by a panel of kids
- Single serving --- just enough for the child
- 10 items --- enough for 5 small meals and a snack
This teacher speaks for many:
"The overall attendance of BackSacks students has increased. One student who had missed nine days before the BackSacks program only missed four days after it started! This is our first year for the program, and I can see great things in the future---more students benefiting, an increase in student attendance, increase of test scores, and decrease of behavior incidents. It is hard to believe just having something to eat on the weekends would benefit a student so much."
Here is a snapshot of BackSacks
for the 2015-2016 school year:
- More than 200 schools
- 21 Indiana counties