With the dedicated support of Christ Church and community volunteers, our Backpacks for Kids ministry has continued to grow. Every week during the 2016/2017 school year, we provided weekend food for about 65 food-insecure children at Bayside and Kent Island Elementary Schools. These are children who eat breakfast and lunch at school during the week and have been identified by the Guidance Counselors as most at risk of not having enough to eat on weekends.
Here’s how it works: Every Friday morning at 9:00, volunteers meet at Christ Church to assemble bags of child-friendly, healthy, non-perishable food including 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 snacks, 2 juice boxes and 2 fruit cups. Extra food is included for long weekends/holidays. We deliver the bags to the Guidance Counselors, who place them in the children’s backpacks.
Over the course of the school year, we delivered about 2,500 bags of food to the schools. To keep this vital ministry going, we need a steady stream of food and cash donations.
For those who want to shop for us, you can pick up a shopping card from the bright yellow basket in the narthex. If you prefer to make a cash donation, checks can be written to Christ Church with “Backpacks for Kids” in memo. For information, contact Kathy Sells: 410-490-6042 or firstname.lastname@example.org.