More than half of Jefferson County Public school children participate in federal programs that provide free or reduced lunches.

Many of those children go hungry on weekends or when school is not in session.

As students head back to school, Kentucky Harvest is ready for another year of their Blessings in a Backpack program.

The program gives children a backpack full of food to take home on Friday afternoon, containing meals for the weekend.

The child then returns the empty backpack to school on Monday, and the cycle begins again.

The Blessings in a Backpack ambitious program goals include:

1) Helping meet the nutritional needs of children in need by providing weekend meals

2) Generating public awareness on the issue of child hunger

3) Working to expand the program across the nation to all fifty states

The program is celebrating its second year of operation outside of Jefferson County and the Louisville, Kentucky Metro regions.

Every Thursday afternoon, volunteers will fill selected student's backpacks with non-perishable food items and pass them out to students on fridays at the end of the school day.

For more information check out the Blessings in a Backpack or Kentucky Harvest websites or call 502-894-9999.