A Message From the CEO
January 1, 2015
Happy New Year! As a new year begins we take a minute to look back on what amazing things we accomplished during our last fiscal year. Fiscal year 2014 has been a phenomenal year for Blessings in a Backpack. The growth that we experienced is due to a tremendous group of supporters, volunteers and partners that have allowed us to continue our mission of Feeding the Future of America, One School at a Time.
By the end of 2013-2014 school year, more than 67,000 children throughout the country were receiving weekly weekend nutrition from Blessings and its thousands of dedicated volunteers and supporters. This is a 12.5% increase from the 2012-2013 school year, building on 11% growth during the previous year. The number of program sites grew by 21%, and the organization’s geographical reach expanded by one new state and Washington, D.C.
During Fiscal Year 2014, the organization focused on stabilizing its core structure while supporting annual growth. Blessings increased corporate and foundation support through grant applications and expanded partnerships. Through strong national
partnerships with partners such as: Cigna, Walmart, Sunny Delight, Constellation Brands, CBS EcoMedia, and Alex & Ani we have enhanced the organization’s community visibility. In September 2013 Blessings co-hosted a hunger awareness event with The U.S. Department of Education Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Senator Dick Durbin, and White House Chef Sam Kass, among others. Using results from a survey of volunteers on their experiences and needs, Blessings expanded its volunteer support services, including increased fundraising support, expanded food vendor partnerships, and regional volunteer events.
We are thrilled with our progress this year and cannot wait to see what the future holds for Blessings in a Backpack. Thank you for your continued support!
Have a wonderful 2015!