2023-2024 Community Outreach Project

Holy Spirit is continuing its commitment to Blessings in a Backpack a year-long community outreach program supported by the parish and school families. Blessings in a Backpack provides food on the weekends for school-aged children across America who might otherwise go hungry.

The local school we will sponsor this year is Field Elementary, which is less than a mile from Holy Spirit. At Field, 75 children qualify for the Blessings in a Backpack program, and, with our help, every child will leave school on Friday with a backpack full of food!

Holy Spirit also supports the Blessings in a Backpack program at Cordia School in Hazard, Kentucky, providing weekend food for 100 children. “Thanks so very much for reaching out to the students of Cordia School,” said FRYSC Director Marlea Cornett. “Many blessings to everyone that helped with this program.”

Join us on Sundays after 10 a.m. mass to pack food for the Field students. Volunteer opportunities are for of all ages, including families and children. Click here to sign up.

It takes as little as $150/year to feed one child each weekend of the school year (39 weekends).

The total cost to fund both programs, and ensure hunger-free weekends for 175 kids, for one school year is $27,300. You can donate to Blessings in a Backpack by:

  • Making an online donation below.
  • Writing a check payable to Blessings in a Backpack (BE SURE to indicate HOLY SPIRIT in the memo line of the check) and mailing it to:
    Blessings in Backpack
    P.O. Box 950291
    Louisville, KY 40295
  • Creating a Facebook Fundraiser. BE SURE to indicate Field Elementary or Cordia School in the title so the funds will be restricted to the program.
Cordia students with food

The students at Cordia love their Blessings!

“You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. This is how prayer works.”
– Pope Francis

Your Impact During the 2021–2022 School Year!

Blessings Impact 2021/22

Thank you from the bottom of our backpacks!