Imagine if you didn’t know where your child’s next meal was coming from. This is an all-too-real experience for many parents in our own community. To directly address childhood hunger in our own backyard, Temple Jeremiah initiated Backpack Blessings in 2012.
- Provides students on free and reduced-priced lunch with meals for over the weekend at Sherwood and Red Oak Schools in Highland Park.
- Backpacks are filled with non-perishable food and discreetly handed out on Friday. Students return the empty backpacks to school on Monday and they are refilled for next week’s use.
- Each backpack contains enough food for two breakfasts, two lunches/dinners, and two snacks each Friday for 28 weeks.
- Since 2012, over 16,000 meals- or 50,000 pounds of food- have been distributed!
During the 2018-2019 school year, Temple Jeremiah’s Social Justice Committee packed 618 bags for students who attend Red & Sherwood Middle Schools in Highland Park. There were anywhere between 40-45 students enrolled in the program.
We Need Your Help!
Backpack Blessings is dependent on volunteers who are needed once a month to pack and deliver food. Anyone interested in helping is welcome … you don’t need to be a Temple Jeremiah congregant.
To sign up, visit our Sign-Up Genius page and pick the day that works best for you.
Make a donation
Donations large and small can make a big difference to a child living with food insecurity.
$5 feeds one child for one weekend
$25 feeds five children for one weekend
$140 feeds one child for the entire school year
To make a donation to support Backpack Blessings, visit our Giving page and be sure to choose Social Justice as your donation fund.
Volunteer your company
Spend time with your co-workers outside the office working for the greater good. Volunteer and/or financially sponsor one month.
For more information, contact Barb Miller at 847.266.1686 or firstname.lastname@example.org
See the Backpack Blessings video to see the program in action: