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Fundraiser to Help Provide Healthy Meals to Dearborn Children

Funds from event will help fund the Blessings in a Backpack program in Dearborn.

Nearly 14,000 of the 19,100 students at Dearborn Public Schools are eligible for free and reduced-priced breakfast and lunch meals. This federally funded program helps ensure that children aren't learning on an empty stomach during the school day.

But what happens when they go home for the weekend?

A fundraiser to be held Wednesday at Park Place will help ensure that weekends aren't spent hungry for Dearborn kids in need.

The Blessings in a Backpack program helps provide meals to take home for kids in 437 schools across the U.S., Canada, Haiti, an Columbia. Recently, the program teamed up with Dearborn Public Schools for the first time.

Blessings in a Backpack provides children with a backpack stuffed with a weekend full of healthy, nutritious food. The students return the empty backpack on Monday so they can be refilled for the next weekend.

Blessing in a Backpack is holding a “Non-Blue Box” Mac and Cheese Dinner Fundraiser on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 4-7 p.m. at Park Place. There is a minimum donation of $10 per person requested and there will be opportunities to sponsor a child for a complete school year.

Park Place is located at 23400 Park Street, just west of Outer Drive and south of Michigan Avenue.

For more information contact Jacqui Rivait, Community Partnerships, Dearborn Public Schools, at rivaitj@dearborn.k12.mi.us, or contact Blessings in a Backpack directly at 313-278-4350. 

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