Volunteer packers needed for Blessings in a Back Pack - Tucson News Now

Volunteer packers needed for Blessings in a Back Pack

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Volunteers are needed to help make sure low income children are able to eat on the weekends.

On Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., at the New Spirit Lutheran Church (near Old Spanish Trail and Camino Seco) those volunteers will be packing bags of food to give to 100 students at three area elementary schools.  Tucson's Mayor is expected to attend the packing event. 

Organizers are saying they are still in need of volunteers to help with the packing. Over this past weekend a fundraising event was held for the 'Blessings in a Back Pack Program'; the national non-profit organization that helps feed low-income children on days when they are not in school. Most of the children that are helped through this program qualify for a free or reduced lunch, so they are able to eat during the weekday, but many struggle to eat on weekends. 

That is where the Blessings back packs come into play.  Volunteers pack the bags to give to the children on Friday, so they are able to put them in their back packs and take them home with them.

The program is able to help via a partnership through Walmart.  Three Tucson schools are receiving these bags of food - Steele, Ford and Erickson Elementaries. 

For those who want to help, but are not able to make it today for the packing, these events happen on a weekly basis. Those interested in volunteering please call 296-2461 to find out more.

For more information on the Blessings in a Back Pack program please visit www.blessingsinabackpack.org.

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