Bethune Elementary School students enthusiastically greeted Disney Channel star Hilary Duff, as she participated in the Atlanta launch of the ‘Blessings In a Backpack’ program on March 21, 2011. Sponsored in part by the Greek Orthodox Church, Financial Services Corporation and Communities in Schools of Atlanta, the ‘Blessings In a Backpack’ program provides students with healthy, easy-to-prepare foods every Friday.
The need for the program in some Atlanta communities is obvious, as is the importance for students to be adequately nourished to learn when they return to classes after the weekend. That’s the point of providing the food on Fridays, so that the children and their families have proper nourishment over the weekend. In all too many situations, the school breakfast and lunch programs offer the only nutritious meals children receive during the week. The ‘Blessings In a Backpack’ program is designed to full the weekend gap in this regard.
The program will be setup in more APS schools in the near future as a result of this ongoing partnership between the district and the sponsoring organizations.
Follow the electronic link below to an informative video package on the program launch at Bethune Elementary School on March 21, 2010