Backpack
Leader: Dave and Merilyn Armstrong

Belview United Methodist Church

 Backpack Program

(In cooperation with Belview Elementary and Christiansburg Middle Schools)

 

 

Our Vision: a Belview Community without hunger.

 

Our Goal: provide students that participate in the free or reduced cost lunch program at Belview Elementary and Christiansburg Middle Schools with food for the weekends.

 

About the program: Our backpack program will provide weekend food for children. It will also help parents stretch their food budget by providing some snacks and food for their children. Students that participate in the School’s free or reduced-cost lunch program are eligible to participate. Parents or guardians must agree for their children to participate and must complete the permission form that is attached.

 

Using backpacks or other suitable carriers, the children can easily carry nonperishable, child friendly and easily consumed foods home for themselves and their siblings. The backpacks will be packed during the week and delivered to the school on Thursday evening or Friday morning. The backpacks will be distributed, discretely, every Friday by school staff or volunteers.

 

Examples of items that will be placed in the packs include: (the packs will include items for 3 dinners, 2 lunches, 3 snacks, 1 drink)

 

Canned soups                                      Easy Mac and Cheese

Canned vegetables                              Pop-tarts

Beans and wieners                              Ramen Noodles

Canned beans                                      Fruit cup

Canned ravioli                                    Cheese crackers

Canned chili                                        Peanut butter crackers

Crackers                                              Pastries/Cookies

Cereal bar                                           Fruit drink

Individual cereal                                 Instant oatmeal packets

 

It may also contain a weekly inspirational quote (such as- It’s not how good you are. It’s how good you want to be.) and an activity sheet.

 

For more information, concerns, comments or suggestions call Belview United Methodist Church  at 639-1230 or 674-4202. To ensure the success of the program, our strategy is to involve local businesses, other churches, civic organizations and individuals who would like to join us to improve the lives of children.

 

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