Maybe you’ve read my post about how I’m fighting hunger in my community or seen one of my updates on social media. One of the big focuses for our food ministry is on feeding children. Our food ministry has been nominated to receive a $20,000 grant from Walmart to go towards funding our Backpack Program, and the 145 children that this grant will feed desperately need your help. Please take 10 seconds of your time to vote for them to get this grant – it will feed all 145 children for an entire school year! Just click “vote.” Also, please share this with everyone you know. You can vote once every day through April 30th. Keep reading to learn more about these kids and just how much they depend on the Backpack food, and to see what to do if you have difficulty casting your vote…
The teachers and admins at the three schools we serve have identified kids who are at risk for going hungry over the weekends, the parents have acknowledged a need, and these children get a bag of food to take home EVERY Friday during the school year. Each bag has cereal, entrees (lasagna, mac and cheese, etc.) shelf-stable milk (doesn’t require refrigeration), juice, fruit, and snacks — enough food to keep the hunger pangs away.
This grant money will make sure we have the funds to carry on this program and will allow us to reach out to even more children at other schools. As of right now, we have no set funding source for this program. Yard sales and the occasional private donation are what we rely on. The children need your help!
These children are the ones who depend on school meals as their main food source, but even with the school meals, it’s not enough. Too many of these children still come to school hungry. I can’t imagine how much hungrier they would be without having the Backpack food on the weekends!
I’ve pasted a letter written by one of the teachers who hands out the food to the kids at the end of this post, and she describes just how much of an impact the food from the Backpack Program makes, and just how much these children depend on the food. If you’re willing to take the few seconds that are needed and place your vote, thank you so very much! If you have trouble putting your vote in, go here and search for zip code 38461. Hampshire First Baptist Church Food Ministry will come up in the results. Now for the letter (I’ve removed the teacher’s name for privacy reasons)…
The backpack program has been more than a blessing for my students. I have some children that come in every morning starving. They do not have the proper food at home to keep them from being hungry. The stories I hear from them breaks my heart to the point of tears. I try to provide as many extra snacks but even with my few snacks, the children are still hungry. We have been so blessed by the backpack program but it makes me sad to know that there are so many more that could benefit from this yet the funds are not available. It comforts me to know that while they are away from me on the weekend that they are being fed and provided for through this program. Without it, so many of them would have little or nothing to eat. I see confidence being built as I am able to teach children that are not starving and worrying about where their next meal is coming from. They depend on this and if it is delivered a few minutes later than they expect it to be, they will start asking for it. As a teacher, I always ask at the beginning of the year what their favorite meal is that mom cooks them. When their response is ramen noodles that makes me realize that they do not have what they need at home to eat. I am so thankful that our small community has been blessed with this program and I look forward to so many more little starving children being provided for. Thank you so much for blessing our children.
1st grade teacher