Blessings Bags can be the package a child needs. KFC and Blessings in a Backpack are helping to combat childhood food insecurity during this crisis.
With schools being closed, many children are missing that school meal. KFC and Blessings in a Backpack are working together to provide food for children in need. These Blessings Bags are food for children in need. As everyone does their part, everyone is stronger together.
Food insecurity is and continues to be a national issue. While No Kid Hungry always raises awareness of this social issue, the current national crisis has shed a new light on food insecurity.
According to statistics, “One in five American children faces food insecurity —more than the populations of New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago combined.” While many federal school meals programs help to combat that issue, the efforts are based in schools. When schools are closed, including being closed on a weekend, those children go without.
Blessings in a Backpack looks to fill the gap. In today’s current climate, the gap is even wider. “We’re all living in a time of uncertainty, but children shouldn’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from,” said Kevin Hochman, president, KFC U.S.
KFC donated $400,000 to the non-profit organization. Since 2017, KFC has partnered with the Louisville, Kentucky based charity. From packing meals to delivering them, the company has looked to do its part to help combat food insecurity.
Through the YUM! Foundation, this donation will help to distribute meals to more than 100,000 children throughout the country.
If you know of a child who is facing food insecurity during this crisis, search for organizations in your area. Many local organizations are offering free children’s meals.
For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.