Back Pack Blessings Inc

Children should never be anxious about food

Marietta, GA   |  https://www.backpackblessings.org

Mission

Provide backpacks of food for food-insecure children at Fair Oaks elementary, Salvation Army After School Program and Acworth Elementary for 600+ children, over approximately 35 weeks of the school year. Provide food to school pantry during school year. Our results include not only providing nourishment for the weekend, but also contributing to higher student academic performance, enhanced student behavior, and better school attendance.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder, Board Member

Tony Palermo

Chairperson

Stacy Ronai

Main address

4835 Lower Roswell Rd

Marietta, GA 30068 USA

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EIN

45-5424591

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Millions of low-income children in the United States rely on food support from the National School Lunch Program. But when school is not in session, children living in food-insecure households are at risk of going without the nutrition they need. Indeed, over one in five children in Georgia is considered to be food-insecure. ​Even mild under-nutrition can negatively affect behavior and school performance. The bottom line is hungry children have difficulty learning. BackPack Blessings serves two elementary schools and the Salvation Army After School Program to reach food-insecure children who have little to no food on the weekends. ​We provide chronically hungry children with food to take home over the weekend. Each week during the school year, backpacks are stocked with nutritious, child-friendly, and easy-to-prepare food.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Back Pack Blessings

Provide backpacks of food for food-insecure children at Fair Oaks elementary, Salvation Army After School Program and Acworth Elementary for 600+ children, over approximately 35 weeks of the school year. Provide food to school pantry during school year.

Our results include not only providing nourishment, but also contributing to higher student academic performance, enhanced student behavior, and better student attendance.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
People of African descent
People of Latin American descent
Extremely poor people
Low-income people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our objective is to provide nourishment for school children who would otherwise go without food on the weekends by engaging volunteers to share Christ's love and reach out to the community.

Provide backpacks of food for children at Fair Oaks elementary, Salvation Army After School Program and Acworth Elementary for 500+ children, over approximately 35 weeks of the school year. We also provide food to the Fair Oaks school pantry during the school year.

We organize hundreds of volunteers to stage and pack back packs with food each week during the school year. We source tasty, nutritious, kid-friendly foods and utilize facilities provided by Mt. Bethel Church to fulfill back packs every Friday during the school year.

Back Pack Blessings has a 9 member Board of Directors who oversee operations, raise donations, ensure financial viability, create a social media presence, and ensure the children are served.

Back Pack Blessings has served 5,800 children over the past years at a cost of over $1.7M. We continue to serve this community and are intent on growing the number of children served over time.

Students participating in BackPack Blessings have demonstrated:
Better Test Scores
Enhanced Behavior
Improved Health
Increased Attendance
Higher Self-Confidence

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently surveyed students in the program to identify the food items they preferred to receive and those which were less desirable. Based on the results, we changed our food ingredients (e.g., added tuna fish and ramen noodles and eliminated canned soup and refried beans) Another example of using feedback was working with school admin when the pandemic took away our access to students in classrooms. We modified our model to deliver backpacks to students outside the building, in a safer environment. This provided students with the food they needed but did not introduce non-school personnel into the indoor school environment. We followed this practice until safety conditions allowed us to resume traditional delivery methods.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    By asking for feedback, the school administration feels a partnership with our organization and actively supports our mission.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Back Pack Blessings Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stacy Ronai

ConAgra Food Service

Tony Palermo

Jerry Uffner

Pam Palermo

Stacy Ronai

Ben Hornsby

Sue Dimick

Brad Hill

Gretchen Hornsby

Jennifer Booth

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/28/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability