Food for Friends, the backpack ministry in which we partner with the Methodist churches in Kasson and Dodge Center, continues to flourish. As the school year winds down, we’re providing weekly supplemental food to about 35 kids in the K-M Elementary School and five families with kids in K-M preschool. We also received a $10,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust ($5,000 undirected and $5,000 matching), which will enable us to continue to serve our families over the summer (a time when, without the breakfasts and lunches provided through the school system, many families find their finances really stretched). We also hope to expand next school year into the middle and high schools.
Food for Friends is thankful for all the packing help provided by our Oasis 5th and 6th graders and confirmation classes – they all do an amazing job! During the summer, we will be partnering with local childcare organizations to pack food, and we’d always love more helpers. And since all the food we use is either donated or purchased from Channel One in Rochester, we are also very appreciative of all donations of food and money to support this ministry. Because of the Otto Bremer matching grant, all money donated is matched dollar for dollar, making your donation go twice as far!
If you’d like to contribute or help with the program, or just want more information about Food for Friends, please check out the Food for Friends webpage, talk to Angie Richards or Jenifer Hodgeman, or contact the St John’s office. God is all over this ministry so thanks to all of you for your involvement!