Pearl Jam are pledging $50,000 to Blessings in a Backpack, which is an organization that provides weekend meals for students who qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. About 250 children at Wileman Elementary School of the Delavan-Darien School District, a district in the southeastern region of Wisconsin with a high number of economically disadvantaged students will be the beneficiaries. Every Friday during the school year, Blessings in a Backpack sends eligible students home from school with a small bag packed with food like canned meals and vegetables, oatmeal, fruit snacks, granola bars and juice boxes.
Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation charity organization donated the money, will provide enough funds to keep the program running in the region for three years, according to school district spokesman Mike Heine. “We expect the program to start the first weekend after the winter break,” he said.
The band celebrated their 20th anniversary back in September at Alpine Valley’s Music Theater in Wisconsin for their PJ20 festival.