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
Our Goal: We are matching up to $5,000 in support of BackPack Ministry this year! Whether you can give $50 or $500, everything helps!
Donating is easy and is tax deductible. Just click below to visit the BackPack Ministry’s online donation form. Be sure to select BackPack Ministry from the “Fund” dropdown menu!
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.