Blessings in a Backpack

Project led by Conotton Valley Schools

About the project.

This Cause Connector project supports weekend meals for K-6 students at Conotton Valley Schools in Carroll and Harrison counties.

When students receive food bags, through the Conotton Valley Schools Blessings in a Backpack program, they do not have to worry where their weekend meals are going to come from. Children are then able to return to school on Monday morning without hunger pangs, ready to learn.

The program typically relies on fundraisers held throughout the year, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, these fundraisers were canceled. Meanwhile, food costs have increased.

Who is served by the program?

The Conotton Valley Schools Blessings in a Backpack program was established in early 2019 by faculty concerned by the need among the district’s students. There are 225 students enrolled in grades K-6 in the district. Of that number,  42% of students are elligible for free or reduced lunch . The school identifies the students in need of the Blessings in a Backpack program based on those participating in the free and reduced lunch program. At that time, a letter is sent home explaining the program to the parents or guardians, and families opt in to participate.

Currently, 50 students are participating in the program. The program provides weekend meals for children who might not otherwise have meals over the weekends.

FAO staff comments.

Programs like this one recgonize that many factors contribute to a child’s educational success. When students do not have their basic needs met, learning becomes difficult or impossible.

This program helps students who face food insecurity, and it also helps to set students up for success in the classroom. Ultimately, this program can support better health and educational outcomes to make a lasting difference for students and ultimately strengthen whole communities.

Make a donation.

Half of your gift will support the Conotton Valley Schools Blessings in a Backpack program today, and half will support similar projects through the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund in the future.

Your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar to help this Cause Connector project reach its fundraising goal twice as quickly! Please note, match dollars will not be immediately reflected in the progress tracker below. Matching dollars will be manually added to the project tracker at frequent intervals throughout the week.

For larger gifts or to donate in other ways (e.g. stock transfer, IRA transfer, or a gift through a donor advised fund), please click here or contact FAO at 740.753.1111 or

Project Status
Areas of Investment
Funds Needed

$5,000 to support the Blessings in a Backpack program today, and $5,000 to create future opportunities through the I'm a Child of Appalachia Fund.

Benefits 2 counties
  • Carroll
  • Harrison

Want to learn more?

Contact FAO at 740.753.1111 or with any questions.

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