Throughout his life and career, Mitchell Aulds-Stier has made an effort to give back to his community through support of nonprofit and charitable organizations.
One organization he has worked with recently is Blessings in a Backpack.
Blessings in a Backpack: Tackling Food Poverty in the US
It remains a startling fact that, even today, over 16 million children in the US live in “food insecure” homes. This means they live with the threat of hunger, or struggling to avoid hunger, on a daily basis.
3 out of 5 U.S. teachers say that there are children in their classrooms that regularly come to school hungry. The effects are all too apparent: being hungry means you can’t concentrate and your academic performance suffers.
These kids do get fed at school but often only because they are on federally funded with free or reduced price meal programs (which actually accounts for 70% of the total of all school meals). This may be the only time the students eat all day. So what happens when they go home on a Friday afternoon? After all, hunger doesn’t take a break, does it?
That’s where Blessings in a Backpack steps in
Blessings in a Backpack is a non-profit organization that, partly via private sector funding and partly through public partnerships, works with schools and communities to make sure these kids get adequate food over the weekend during the 38 weeks of term time. Volunteers and supporters like Mitchell Aulds-Stier will gather non-perishable, kid-friendly foods such as granola bars, raisins, apple sauce, crackers, macaroni and cheese, and soups during the week. This gets packed into backpacks on a Thursday and allocated to the kids who need them on a Friday. Each kid gets enough food and nutrition for the weekend, ready to start back at school the following Monday.
As of this posting, Blessings in a Backpack operates in 47 states, serving over 92,000 children in 1,064 schools, numbers that Mitchell Aulds-Stier is very proud of.
How you can help
- Donate: Just $100 will feed a child on weekends for an entire school year. This low cost is only possible because Blessings in a Backpack works with communities and individuals like Mitchell Aulds-Stier across the country to leverage local resources and keeps costs down. You can make a one-off or monthly donation, and target a specific school or program if you prefer. All donations are tax deductible.
- Start a Program: If you want to start a Blessings in a Backpack program in your community, there’s a simple four-step process to follow, including working with the school principal and local food vendors.
- Fundraise: Blessings in a Backpack has a number of fun and creative ways to fundraise in your local community. Visit the site to learn more: https://www.blessingsinabackpack.org/get-involved/fundraising/
- Volunteer: Blessings in a Backpack will help you locate a program local to you and find any number of ways for you to get involved, from starting a program from scratch to packing the backpacks to hosting a food drive.
Mitchell Aulds-Stier is dedicated to the Blessings in a Backpack mission of ending hunger for children throughout the United States and all around the world. Even small acts can make a difference. Find out how you can start making a difference today! Contact Mitchell Aulds-Stier to learn more.