Backpack Blessings – A Ministry in our Community

Backpack Blessings Provides 8800-Plus Meals for Kids During 2016-17 School Year

Trinity Church celebrates the first full year of its Backpack Blessings program which has provided more than 8800 meals during the 2016-17 school year for 40 students at Deep Run Elementary School (DRES).  “Credit for the huge success of Backpack Blessings goes to all those both inside and outside Trinity who have donated food and dollars for the program and to everyone who has volunteered to stack, pack and deliver the food to Deep Run,” says Rector Anne Coghill MacNabb.

Calling Trinity “the little church with a big heart,” Carolyn Wohnsigl, DRES School Counselor and Backpack Blessings coordinator for DRES, has high praise for Trinity’s efforts.  She says, “The food for families comes from the hard work, generosity, consistency and discipline of your congregation.  In the worst kinds of weather, no matter what else is happening, you bring food to our families – every week.” She adds, “Friday mornings are joyful here in our student services office.  Children “Ooh” and “Aah” over the treats as they load their backpacks.”  She notes that the “ability to help our families meet their most basic needs frees our students and our staff from that worry – so that we are available to teach and (the students) to learn.”

Food and dollar donations continue to be needed over the summer even while school is not in session so that Backpack Blessings can hit the ground running when school starts again on September 5, 2017.  The grocery list of preferred items follows:

 

Individual Cereal Boxes or Cups

Individual Oat Meal Packs

Canned Tuna

Canned Chicken

Vienna Sausages

Hearty Soup (Canned Soups Preferred, like Chicken Noodle or Beef Vegetable)

Cup of Soup (Low Sodium Preferred)

Beef Ravioli or ChefBoyardee with Meat

Mac N Cheese (Individual Cups and Pouches Preferred)

Individual Mash Potato Packets

Individual Rice Cups (Flavored or Plain)

Individual Fruit Cups (e.g., Apple sauce, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Oranges or Mixed Fruit)

Shelf Stable White Milk (Single Serving Size)

Pudding Cups (Non-Refrigerated)

Granola Bars (NO NUTS OF ANY KIND)

Fruit Bars (NO NUTS)

Microwave Popcorn

Cheese Crackers (NO PEANUT BUTTER CRACKERS)

Individual Bags of Chips or Similar Snacks

Individual Fruit Juice Boxes or Plastic Bottles

 

For canned goods, pop-top lids are preferred, if possible, to make it easier for the students to prepare the food on their own.