Blessings in a Backpack is a non-profit organization that works to support the more than 62% of elementary students in America who qualify for the free and reduced meal program. Each Friday during the school year, students supported by the Blessings in a Backpack Program are given a certain amount of food to ensure they do not go hungry over the weekend. The cost per student is $100 for the thirty-eight week school year. Backpacks include easy-to-prepare, shelf stable food items (juice boxes, mac and cheese, fruit snacks, and oatmeal). One hundred percent of funds donated directly feed the children of the program. Donations can be made via online or by check. Online donations are accepted at http://www.blessingsinabackpack.org. (Please be sure to check the “other” box in the dropdown section of the “Designation” section and type “Running Brook Elementary School”). Checks should be made out to Blessings in a Backpack with Running Brook Elementary School on the memo line. Checks can be dropped off at the front office to Mrs. Anne Drnec. Donors will receive a thank you letter containing the Blessings in a Backpack Federal Tax ID# which serves as a charitable gift receipt. Please contact Jane Hartlove at Jane_Hartlove@hcpss.org with questions.