For our 2020 M&R Gives Campaign, we are proud to partner with BackPack Ministry of Forest Hills United Methodist Church. We are matching up to $5,000 to support their great organization and we need your help! Your donations will help BackPack Ministry continue to provide nurturing meals to school-aged kids for their weekends at home

About BackPack Ministry

The BackPack Ministry began in February of 2011 serving 9 students from Lane Elementary. In the years that have followed they have grown to service over 1,850 children across 24 schools and 3 counties. As the program grew, they inspired eight other churches to create their own programs which now serve an addition 450 students with food, clothes, and school supplies.

How It Works:

  • Children who come to school hungry are identified by teachers, counselors, or principals. A permission form is sent home asking parents/guardian permission for the child to receive a bag of food every Friday.
  • The BackPack Ministry shops weekly at the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank.
  • Each student receives 15 child friendly items (4 drinks, 3 protein, 3 fruit, 3 snacks, and 2 breakfast) each Friday.
  • Each school has a team that packs and delivers. The team members place the bag of food in each child’s own backpack in a designated area at the school.