Temple Jeremiah

Backpack Blessings

Social Justice2

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.

Visit our Sign-Up Genius here to volunteer with Backpack Blessings.

Backpack Blessings…

  • 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 2017-2018 school year, Temple Jeremiah’s Social Justice Committee packed 1,135 bags for students who attend Red & Sherwood Middle Schools in Highland Park. There were anywhere between 49-54 students enrolled in the program.

For the 2018-2019 school year, we have packed and delivered 618 bags of food for the students to have over the weekend and there are approximately 43 students enrolled.

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 directly to Backpack Blessings, visit our Giving page and be sure to choose Backpack Blessings 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 bmiller54@comcast.net

Questions or need more information? Contact Barb Miller at bmiller54@comcast.net or 847.266.1686 or Andrea Goodman at abgoodman6@yahoo.com or 847.945.8779.

See the Backpack Blessings video to see the program in action:

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