Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a BackpackThanksgiving is a season to share our bounty with others, and the Northern Express has a feature on one great program in our area, Blessings in a Backpack:

Students in need receive federally funded lunches during the school day, but what happens on the weekend? That’s where Blessings in a Backpack comes in. The national program provides food for youngsters who might otherwise go hungry. The program is now in its second year in Traverse City and Leelanau County.

“I found out about the program about three years ago,” said Laurie Borysiak, who coordinates the program in Traverse City. “I was going through a tough time. My dad had died, Mom was in a home, and I thought I could do this to help someone else.”

Borysiak sought assistance from the chamber of commerce and United Way and found the program in Michigan was overseen by the Woodward Foundation in the Detroit area. The foundation pointed her in the right directions, and she was off and running. She started out small, assisting four children, then six, then eight, then ten. Now she’s expanded the program from East Middle School to four schools in the Traverse City district.

You can click here for the Traverse City Blessings in a Backpack page and visit the Traverse City program’s Facebook page. You can also visit Leelanau Christian Neighbors to make donations to the Leelanau program.