This past winter, we highlighted the Blessings in a Backpack program at St. Vincent's. The original story can be found below. However, we are excited to announce that the program has expanded at St. Vincent's thanks to KPMG, an audit, tax, and advisory firm. The company has agreed to finance the program to allow us to provide additional backpacks to the children in our Birth-Three section. We are now able to provide support and materials to over 75 additional children, further ensuring their nutritional and health needs throughout the year. We would like to thank KPMG and Walmart for their support and generosity in this project!
According to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, more than 1 in 6 people in Chicago are food insecure, unsure of where their next meal will come from. Marillac St. Vincent Family Services’ clients remain vulnerable to issues of hunger and food insecurity. Recognizing the need to provide additional assistance, Michele Berrington, a volunteer in St. Vincent’s Child Development program, decided to take action. Michele, along with her husband Phillip Goldberg, approached our staff with the idea to launch the Blessings in a Backpack program at the Center. Phillip’s law firm, Foley & Lardner, is sponsoring this program, stuffing the bags and delivering them weekly to 160 children in our Pre-Kindergarten program.
The Blessings in a Backpack program provides school children who are on the Federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with a backpack of food to take home for 38 weekends during the school year. The food includes easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, macaroni and cheese, and oatmeal. St. Vincent’s Pre-Kindergarten has appreciated the assistance and the children look forward to receiving their bags each week.
You can read more about Blessings in a Backpack at www.blessingsinabackpack.org.
We are thankful to Michelle, Phillip, and the staff at Foley & Lardner for their support and dedication to helping our children reach their greatest potential.