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backpacks for hunger

Backpacks For Hunger is a ministry for the kids at Bowie, Travis, Stuart Place and Crockett Elementary Schools which been started by our church. This ministry runs throughout the school year, and discretely provides nutritious, child-friendly, easy-to-prepare food to at-risk children to take home over the weekend. Once a child is in the program he/she will receive a backpack full of food each Thursday or Friday to last throughout the weekend. The child then returns the backpack to school on Monday to be refilled for the next weekend.

Ways To Help

Donate food items weekly or monthly

Donate money to purchase food items (please designate "Backpacks For Hunger"

Volunteer to shop for food items

Volunteer to deliver and/or pick up backpacks

Pre-pack wet items in plastic bags

Volunteer to fill backpacks each week (currently we meet at 5:15PM on Wednesdays)

Guidelines For Food Donations

Food should be easily accessed by children. No canned items except for easy open ones. Nothing that requires an oven to prepare; microwave is ok.

Food should be non-perishable and with a long expiration date. Individually packaged portions please. No glass jars, homemade goods, or expired food.

Suggested items: Peanut butter 18 oz., easy-to-open canned meats, vegetables, fruits, soups, boxed meals (such as macaroni & cheese), granola bars, fruit bars, single serving cereals, raisens, popcorn, cheese crackers, applesauce cups, animal or goldfish crackers, fruit juices.

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