Backpack Meals for Kids

35 Bags of Weekend Food for 35 KI Children

Childhood hunger is a condition that touches us deeply.  During the COVID-19 crisis, Christ Church Parish is providing weekend meals for 300+ children every Friday at three QACPS “Grab-and-Go” food distribution sites (Matapeake, Bayside and Grasonville Elementary Schools).  County-wide, almost 900 children are receiving QACPS and Backpacks meals each week.

During the regular school year, every elementary and middle school in the county has a Backpack Meals program and most are supported by churches.  Christ Church serves Matapeake Elementary School and Bayside Elementary School.  We work closely with School Counselors who identify the children most at risk of hunger on weekends.  Each week, we fill 90+ bags of child-friendly, healthy food, take the bags to the schools and the Counselors place them in the backpacks of the designated children.

The Backpack program is partially funded by the QAC Community Partnership for Children and Families and by churches/organizations in communities across the county.  At Christ Church Parish Kent Island, we rely on the goodwill of caring people like you to sustain this vital ministry and we are deeply gratefully for your support.  Cash donations can be made online at www.ccpki.org or by sending a check to the church.  Please write “Backpack Program” in the memo line.  Food donations are also gratefully accepted.  We are always looking for single-serving, child-friendly food in five categories: drinks, breakfast, fruit, lunch items and snacks.  Shopping priority cards are available at the church.  For information, contact Kathy Sells at 410-490-6042 or backpacks@ccpki.org .

How You Can Help For those who want to shop for us, you can purchase the shopping priorities shown below and leave them on the counter across from the office.  If you prefer to make a cash donation, write a check to Christ Church with “Backpacks for Kids” in the memo.