I retired early to take care of my senior parents and they passed in 2012/2013. Not sure what to do with myself, I started applying for jobs and sadly at 60 years old no one wanted to hire me. I applied at over 1,000 jobs and had over 100 interviews.
This is after having a great career as a manager of a large utility company and they gave me made skills over the 30 years I worked for them.
Needing to put my brain back to work, I decided to find a nonprofit I could commit to and I found that in Blessings in a Backpack Rancho Cordova.
It was a HUGE eye opener for me to find that children go without food on the weekends, when I say this on the national news and I knew I had found my nonprofit.
Children that are on the free/reduced lunch program are not guaranteed food until they come back to school on Monday but not at the schools we have adopted.
We send home 6 meals and 2 snacks each and every Friday and have for 2 school years because children should worry about being kids and not where their next meal is coming from!
Review from #MyGivingStory
Blessings in a Backpack, Frederick Schools partnered with the national organization in Jan. 2014 to serve the children of Frederick County, MD. 100% of the money raised locally goes to feed our local children and our community has been incredibly supportive. The national organization absorbs all administrative costs and has been exceptionally helpful and supportive. Great people doing a great job. What a terrific organization!
Review from Guidestar
I run the program for our town. 100% of what is raised in our community goes directly to the kids of our community. All my helpers are volunteer including myself. Blessings in a Backpack provides the backpacks, accounting, and support to our program for free. They raise their own money to cover their experiences. The corporate office is full of wonderful and hardworking people. I am thankful to work with them and I know the kids in my town are thankful that they exist. They are a true Blessing to many kids.
This organization is not open with their information. I would be warry of donating to them. They have lots of fun, heartwarming stories, but no 990 posted and when I tried to get more information about where they worked in my area, or the specific numbers of kids served, they blew smoke in my face and said something about privacy and protecting kids. I am all for helping kids, but when it comes to my donation, I will give it to an organization that's transparent and one I can trust.
Review from Guidestar