A Surprise! The Principal of Carlyle Elementary gave the Snack Pack program a check for $500 in support of this program. He reported this program has made an impactful difference in the lives of the children in need. Thanks to all who made this possible! (Feb 10, 2017)
Trivia Night 2017 Brought in $4400 to Feed 32 Children this School Year!
Thank you to those who purchased gifts from the Angel Tree for the snack pack kids. Each child received multiple gifts with all their needs and wants. Thank you for making their Christmas extra special this year! A huge shout out of thanks to the Aviston Aces 4-H group for their assistance with packing the snack packs.
About Snack Packs
Did you know 1 in 5 children in the U.S. routinely go hungry? Inadequate nutrition affects development and behavior. The effects can last a lifetime. 62% of U.S. teachers say they regularly see students come to school hungry.
Rural areas struggle with food insecurity just as much as cities do. More than 3 million rural households are food insecure. Households often survive on limited budgets and are confronted with choices between paying for food and paying for other essentials. These dilemmas can put households in the position of choosing between competing necessities.
The population of Clinton County is 37,891. 10.6% of the population, 4,030 of our neighbors are food insecure. Meaning they lack access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. This is 1 in 10 children right here in our community. Your child most likely has at least 2 other classmates in their room that are hungry. We drop off weekend snack packs to New Baden elementary, Trenton Elementary, St Rose Elementary, Bartelso Elementary and to Wesclin Middle school.
Funds are still needed. To sponsor 1 child for the school year costs $135.
Our summer snack pack lunch program was a huge success!!! We served 611 free lunches over the summer in Trenton. That is an average of 56 per week.
We received a $1,000 grant from B.C.M.W. and with the help of Grace Community & West Gate Baptist we were able to share God’s love to those in need. B.C.M.W. Community Services is a community action agency that serves Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington counties in Illinois. The agency has been serving individuals, families and children since 1967.
Each sack lunch contained a meat & cheese sandwich, juice box, chips and a cookie. Our lunches contained a prayer and small gift. The kids were so excited to get a small stamp with a cross and would pull out the prayer to read before they ate.
I want to thank everyone again who assisted with this ministry. We were not just feeding food but feeding His children and opening their eyes to the love of God’s kingdom.