Blessings in a Backpack (Blessings) is an organization that Miley gets her good on for; they provide weekend food to children on free or reduced lunch programs. Many students on free or reduced lunch do not receive adequate meals during the weekends, and Blessings wants to ensure they have enough food to eat during this time. Miley financially supports an entire school district in Hazard, Kentucky and on her most recent service project, she went to visit a school to help pack meals and see how her support of the Blessings program was going. Watch a video of her service project here: http://www.geturgoodon.org/video/blessings-in-a-backpack.
You can get your good on like Miley with Blessings too or plan your own project. Here are some ideas to get your started:
Volunteer: The Blessings program is in 155 schools in 19 different states. If the program is in a school close to you, you can request information about volunteering with the Blessings program. Visit the Blessings site to learn more: http://www.blessingsinabackpack.org/CONTACTUS.aspx
Find a school to adopt: If there aren’t any schools on the Blessings program in your area, you can find a school and request that they are enrolled. Ask your parents, guardians, teacher, coach, or troop leader to help you find a school
in your area that can benefit from the program. Try to find a school that has a high percentage of students on free or reduced lunch. There are several reports that school districts publish that have this information and your adult helper can help you find them. Visit the Blessings in a Backpack website for more details about how to continue the school adoption process: http://www.blessingsinabackpack.org/GetInvolved/ADOPTASCHOOL.aspx
Support Blessings in a Backpack: Spread the word about Blessings in a Backpack on your Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, or make a video for GetUrGoodOn.org or your Youtube channel. You might inspire someone to donate to or help Blessings. http://www.blessingsinabackpack.org/WHOWEARE.aspx
Inform people about hunger issues in your country: Post accurate information about hunger in your country and let people know how they can help. A Get Ur Good On grantee made a video about hunger statistics in America and you can do something similar: http://www.geturgoodon.org/video/join-hands-for-the-hungry-by
Plan your own Blessings in a Backpack project: Several Get Ur Good On grantees planned projects that addressed hunger issues in their communities. In one project, Weekend Backpack Project, the Kinston Youth Enrichment Project provided backpacks filled with non-perishable foods to kids that do not receive an adequate meal at home on the weekend. They had drives to collect backpacks and food to fill the backpacks. They also collected hygiene products, games, and educational materials about living a healthy lifestyle for the backpacks. Then, they asked volunteers to pack the backpacks and help distribute them. Other similar projects were Kids To Kids Helps Haiti, Join Hands for the Hungry, and Disaster Backpacks for Low Income Families. You can read project descriptions here for inspiration: http://ysa.org/grants/list/Get%20Ur%20Good%20On/2010