I realized the other day that I have kept the committee up to date but the entire congregation did not know what was going on with Blessings in a Backpack with the school being closed. I wanted to update all of you.
We have continued to provide the regular weekend food to the kids. The school has had days where parents came to pick up assignments and they could pick up their food as well. If they did not make it to pick up, a bus was sent out the following day with the work and the food and it was delivered directly to them.
In addition to their regular weekly food, we felt it necessary to help a little more at this time so we spent about $400 on some additional food to send home. Then I was offered the chance to apply for a grant to help supplement the weekend food. We were awarded the grant and we received almost $1200 worth of food. We have begun sending that food home and will send the remainder of that in two weeks.
At this time, the school believes that they will continue to run a bus to deliver some food during the summer. If so, and if our funds allow, we are looking at the possibility of sending food home a couple times during the summer. Our number has increased just a bit during this but the school has informed me that they expect it to increase even more before the next two weeks food is delivered.
Financially, God has been good and we have had plenty of funds to cover everything. As we look at the summer and fall, we will continue to monitor our funds to make certain we can cover the next school year along with anything we would do in the summer. If at any time you wish to make a donation to the Blessings account, you are welcome to send a check to the church. Or if you hear of someone asking how they can help, you can let them know of our program. Later in the summer we might ask for particular food items to collect but for now it would just be financial donations.
Thank you for always supporting this program which has proven to be so helpful to so many kids and families. No child should ever go hungry!