Our Deacons Council has for several years sponsored Backpack Food Bags for Spring and Fall break for Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School (MLK). This came from a brainstorming meeting of the deacons looking for a church wide missions project. We are now packing 500 bags with nine days of breakfast, lunch and a snack. This to replace the food these children would normally get at school during the breaks. MLK is over 90% on free or reduced price lunch.
This Spring was different. With the closing of school a week early because of the virus pandemic, we had to rush to get all our bags pack and then our plan to deliver them at MLK had to change. Instead we delivered and handed them out to any student that came through the food distribution line at Lee High School. We did the delivery on two different days, with some of the bags being put on school buses and delivered to areas where it was known that the students could not get to Lee to pickup food.
We did not hand out our food bags all to MLK this Spring, but we did hand out 500 bags of food to needy families in that area of town. This could not have been done without all the helpers we had in packing and distribution. We had people from preschool age to 80 working on this project. We also had nonmembers who were friends of members that came to help when they heard of the project. We also had many donations to cover the cost of food.
We plan to continue with the project this Fall, but we will have to wait and see how it will work then.