It’s the beginning of a new school year and BIB RVC food items will begin to be distributed after Labor Day.
One of the difficult parts of being in a pandemic has been the cancellation of our fun packing nights. Pre-pandemic, approximately 20 volunteers gathered each week to pack hundreds of bags of food to be distributed over the weekend in the schools we serve. During the pandemic, and even now, we’ve had to switch to using pre-packaged meals. The benefits of this are a lighter bag that takes up less room and is easier for a student to carry. Using prepacks also made some grants available that required their use.
The number of students and schools we serve has only continued to increase.
In the 2022-2023 school year we are anticipating serving approximately 500 students. That means we need to raise $55,000 to provide them with weekend nutrition.
Gathering Point Church in Bourbonnais recently held their annual “Be Rich” Campaign in which they raise money to donate to local non-profit organizations. This year, Blessings in a Backpack River Valley Communities was one of the recipients of this campaign.
On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, Justin Knight, Pastor of Ministry Advancement, presented a check to BIBRVC in the amount of $10,000.
This generous gift has ensured that Blessings in a Backpack River Valley Communities is fully funded for the 2020-2021 school year!
Being fully funded for this year means that we have hit our goal of serving 400 students, an increase of 44 students from the last school year, and it means that we can continue to get ahead on our fundraising for the 2021-2022 school year!
Despite 2020 being a year more different than any of us expected, Blessings in a Backpack continues to provide weekend nutrition to our 14 different schools in Kankakee County.
Last spring when restrictions were imposed, we switched to providing children with pre-packaged food kits instead of packing individual items on Wednesday nights. We will continue to use the prepacks for now, but we really miss the fun and camaraderie of packing nights! Deliveries to our schools will begin this week.
Last spring, we began planning a “mini golf outing” fundraiser and were disappointed to have had to cancel it (but we WILL do it at some point!). Our Advisory Team was not deterred, however, and did an online fundraiser through social media that raised approximately $10,000 in just a few days. We’ve also received donations from individuals and churches, as well as grant money from the national Blessings in a Backpack organization as well as locally through the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley via their Community Works grant.
With all of that…
Normally at this point in the year, we are at around 50% funding. This community has come through and shown that it cares about its vulnerable and hungry children.
Our goal is to be fully funded by the end of 2020. Are you up for the challenge?
Donations to BIB can always be made electronically or by check mailed to: Central Christian Church, PO Box 403, Bourbonnais, IL 60914. And, if you’d rather be creative and join with a group of friends, family, or coworkers to raise money, send us links and pictures of what you’re doing. It takes a community working together to make sure the kids get fed this weekend.
Who will feed the kids this weekend?
YOU will feed the kids this weekend!
Since we had to cancel our much-anticipated mini-golf outing fundraiser for August, we’re starting an online fundraiser NOW in order to fund Blessings in a Backpack River Valley Communities for the 2020-2021 school year.
We are anticipating our numbers increasing to 400 students for this coming year and that means we need to raise $40,000.
That’s only $100 per kid per year.
BIBRVC is in 16 local schools with an average of 25 kids per school who receive weekend nutrition.
Here it is, the most popular sign up genius for volunteers in Kankakee County! Please, do not sign up for more than 4 dates for any one group. We will post if slots are open later in the year. The more groups we have the more awareness of BIB RVC in our community and the more children we are able to serve. Remember to increase the quantity if you are signing up for a team and to select more than one team for more than 5 volunteers from the same organization. Thank you!