Our guest speaker this past week was Lauren Peters with Blessings in a Backpack. “Blessings in a Backpack” is a Livonia-based service club whose mission is to augment meals for Livonia Public students who may be food insecure. They determine which LPS students qualify for government-assisted food service and add them to their distribution list. Blessings in a Backpack in Livonia was formed in 2014. They currently provide food for 4,000 LPS students. They pack meals in a vacated Livonia school building and distribute to elementary schools in the district. After the volunteers pack the food, the packs are given to Three Men and a Truck for delivery to the schools. The food packs are then placed in backpacks in the recipient students’ locker. Each pack contains six meals. Blessings has multiple sources of funding. They have a Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser, this year at Meri Bowl on Nov. 19. Many local service organizations contribute. One local political organization brought into the distribution center 2,475 boxes of mac and cheese. Blessings in a Backpack Livonia is another group of quiet, hardworking volunteers who live by our Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”
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