Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Weekend Backpack Program

The three churches and Compassionate Ministries of Jackson County approached Hanover-Horton Schools about the need for a backpack of food to go home with their students each Friday during the 2015-2016 school year. The initial meeting held on June 24, 2015 revealed that there was a need, and the decision was made to go forward.

Compassionate Ministries of Jackson County is an organization that is making the effort to end poverty in the Jackson county area. One of the many ministries they provide is the backpack program. CMJC would be providing us all the food to fill the backpacks at NO COST.

On September 22, 2015, all 3 of the churches met at HHCC where the food would be stored and sorted. During this meeting, we discussed the schedule, which church would take what week, and a quick run down of how it would work.

On October 22, 2015, all 3 churches and a representative from CMJC were present for the FIRST FILLING of backpacks. The school had sent letters home to families that might want to participate, and the number that we were to fill weekly was 60.

Several pallets of food, organized by week

All 3 churches filling the first week of backpacks
all finished and ready to be transported to the school

Every Thursday from October 22, 2015 until May 26, 2016, one of the 3 churches has come into HHCC, set up the tables, laid out the food, filled the back packs, and carried the tubs to the back door to be loaded and taken to the school for delivery on Friday morning.

Each week, someone from one of the churches will stop by the school, pick up the tubs and the empty backpacks, and we start all over again.

There are many moving parts to this ministry, and from day one it has worked like a well oiled machine! Praise the LORD!

All 3 churches and Compassionate Ministries of Jackson County received an appreciation certificate
 from  H-H Schools for the backpack program

1 comment:

  1. This weekly event throughout the school year has helped the 3 churches continue to be the highlight of the children at H-H schools. 60 children from K-12 that are in need of a little extra at home have been able to take food home every Friday since October :) Praise the LORD!!!!