by Joyce Mills
YES! It is a great feeling to know that 17 children will be taking backpacks home on Friday. The backpacks are filled with very nutritious food that has been purchased especially for them.
As you read this, maybe you brought a jar of Peanut Butter or you might have provided some money for the shoppers to buy it. At any rate, 17 children will benefit from someone at First Baptist caring. Just so you know, these children are in grades PreK – 5th grade at Beckley Elementary.
Hunger is one of the many faces of poverty. It keeps children from learning, increases the reason for children being absent from school, causes anxieties and low self – esteem, and even keeps the child from paying attention in class.
Thanks to you who have joined the fight to feed hungry kids!
We provide enough food for the weekend. There is a special menu for each weekend that provides 6 meals and 2 snacks. Those backpacks are heavy! However, no child has been heard saying, “That backpack is too heavy, I can’t carry it.” That backpack will get them through the weekend! The food must be kid-friendly, shelf stable, easy to prepare, and nutritionally sound, so it is important for us to choose the foods wisely that will make up the backpacks each week.
Our shoppers and menu maker always try to put something special in the backpacks for days like Easter or any holiday.
We appreciate any amount of money you give. We also appreciate you bringing in the named food for the month. For the month of April we are asking you to bring in any kind of prepared pudding. Just put it on the back counter in the kitchen. Thank you for your help!
Chocolate pudding! Banana pudding! Vanilla pudding!