BackPack Blessings

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Volunteer Contact: Kimberlee Ackerman
Ministry Contact: Tony Palermo and Stacy Ronai
MB Advocate: Ben Hornsby 

Who We Are…

Most of us look forward to Fridays because it means the weekend is just hours away — no work, no school.  But for 500+ children at Fair Oaks Elementary School, Friday might be a tough day. It could mean they won’t get much to eat for the weekend and will be anxious about where their weekend meals will come from. The BackPack Blessings Ministry is a community outreach program that provides chronically hungry children with food to take home over the weekend by packing backpacks full of nutritious food. The backpacks are packed by volunteers on Thursday evenings and delivered by volunteers every Friday morning. We have partnered with Fair Oaks Elementary School in Marietta, Georgia’s Cobb County School District because 99 percent of the children in this school receive free or reduced lunch. Since the inception of the program, the school has experienced tremendous improvements in test scores, reading levels, classroom participation, and attendance.  The school has also received numerous academic awards since partnering with BackPack Blessings. It is clear that BackPack Blessings is not just a feeding program. We are investing in our future, as the students are our future. Healthy children lead to a healthy economy and environment. Our tag line is…”Hunger does not take the weekends off.”

Ways to Serve…

Back Pack Blessings is doing some amazing work getting food to the families and children in the community surrounding Fair Oaks Elementary that are in need during the Covid-19 epidemic. They are in need of food and toiletries for the students we serve each week. We have placed bins on the porch of the Cagle House (between the post office & Cagle Rd.)

The following is a list of items that we are collecting:

  • Oatmeal
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Cereal Bars
  • Fruit Cups
  • Soup
  • Canned Veggies
  • Canned Meats
  • Tuna Fish

They are also in need of the following:

  • Diapers
  • Formula
  • Baby Food
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Tooth Paste
  • and other personal hygiene

During the School Year:
4:00 pm Thursdays: Staging the food
5:30 pm Thursdays: Packing the backpacks
8:30 am Fridays: Delivering the backpacks to the students at Fair Oaks