Cady Studios Feeds Local Children in Need
Hunger doesn’t take weekends off.
With more than 16.2 million children at risk of hunger each day in the United States, federal assistance for free and reduced meals in schools are able to aid the problem for so long. The same children receiving assistance during the week may not know when their next meal is being offered from the time they leave school on Friday to the time they return Monday morning.
When presented the opportunity to help these children in need, Cady Studios paired up with Blessings in a Backpack, a non-profit organization on a mission to feed the future of America.
When one in five children face food insecurity across the country, “You really don’t realize how close to home the problem is,” said Diane Palmer, Associate Director of Corporate Relations at Blessings in a Backpack. These are neighbors, your children’s classmates. It’s not a far away problem, it’s local and we want to fix it.”
Blessings in a Backpack currently serves over 90,000 children in over 1,000 schools in the United States.
As a photography company servicing hundreds of schools in Georgia, Florida and Illinois, Cady Studios wanted to make a way to positively impact the community they so closely work with each day.
“We have many past teachers on staff and many of us have been in the education industry for quite some time,” said Jessica Stephens, Cady Studios Marketing Director. As leader of the volunteer event, Stephens first reached out to Palmer hoping to, “work with an organization close to our core: schools and students.”
On Friday, December 02, Palmer and Blessings in a Backpack arrived at Cady Studios in Alpharetta, Georgia to help pack 750 bags for Esther Jackson Elementary. The school, located in Roswell, Georgia has more than 50% of its children in the free and reduced meal program.
“It is such a huge blessing for Blessings in a Backpack and Cady Studios to be involved in our school,” said Esther Jackson’s Program Coordinator Melissa Arch. “Not only is it beneficial for our students and their families, but it benefits those volunteering in the community. It’s so special to see community involvement with those they never imagined needed their help. ”Normally packed food is transported by BIAB, but Cady members felt led to personally deliver the food to those they serve each day.
To start out the morning, Palmer and BIAB welcomed the volunteers with a short video on the effect hunger has on the nation’s youngest generation, followed by a short demonstration on bag packing.
Just $100 feeds one child on the weekends for one 38-week school year. After signing up, volunteers are provided with food and supplies for packing and transportation. For more information on how to be involved with feeding local communities with Blessings in a Backpack, visit https://www.blessingsinabackpack.org.
Partnering with schools for local events is just one way Cady Studios is committed to redefining the school portrait photography industry. For more information click here.