New Canaan, Conn., November 1, 2016 – Filling in the Blanks, the Fairfield County-based non-profit that fights childhood hunger by providing needy children with meals on the weekend, today launches its Third Annual Holiday Backpack Drive. Filling the Blanks (FIB) currently serves more than 600 children in Fairfield and Westchester counties and will once again give each child in its program a brand new backpack filled with gifts this holiday season.
Founded in 2013 by two New Canaan residents, FIB strives to remove the obstacle of food insecurity faced by thousands of children by providing each student in its program a bag containing two breakfast items, two lunch items, snacks and fresh fruit every Friday. Children who qualify for the government free or reduced school lunch program are eligible. Just before the winter break, FIB will give each child it serves a brand-new backpack containing:
A brand-new, grade-appropriate book
New hat, scarf, gloves and socks
Pancake mix and syrup
Once again, Elm Street Books will partner with FIB to secure the books for the backpacks. During the month of November, Elm Street shoppers will be able to purchase a book (or a bundle) for the FIB Holiday program.
In addition, several New Canaan restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to the FIB Holiday Backpack program on November 12, 2016. Enjoy specialty cocktails or a special dish at the participating restaurants.
Many local organizations Teamed up with FIB to collect the items needed to fill every bag, including New Canaan Youth Football, Fessler Family Dentistry, First Presbyterian Church and the Little Rams Service League. FIB is also seeking organizations and/or families to assist in the assembly and delivery of the backpacks in December. Interested volunteers should visit www.fillingintheblanks.org
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