If you’ve seen the Sunday school rooms on a Wednesday evening, you may have seen piles of backpacks filled with all sorts of tasty food. These backpacks are just the beginning of our Food for Friends backpack program, which started in early October. Each week during the school year, kids in the Oasis and confirmation programs here at St John’s will fill the backpacks with nutritious food for distribution to students in the elementary school who are at risk of hunger on weekends and school breaks.
We hope to build relationships with the families participating in Food for Friends. That’s already happening. The Thanksgiving break gave us an opportunity to share our abundance and provide food baskets to some of the families participating in the program. We originally intended to provide baskets for 14 families, but because of your generosity (and that of our partner congregations) we collected enough food to provide 18 baskets to families! All the families stopped at St. Johns to pick of their baskets and were very thankful for the much-needed food.
This is truly a community effort to fight hunger. In addition to Channel One Food Bank and staff at the Kassan-Mantorville Elementary School, we are partnering with the Methodist congregations in Kasson and Dodge Center and also working with businesses, organizations, and individuals in the area to make this ministry a reality. As support increases, we hope to expand the program to cover kids in Middle School as well. To contribute or help with the program, or for more information about Food for Friends, please contact Angie Richards, Jenifer Hodgeman, or the office at St. John’s. Or visit www.stjohnskasson.org/food-for-friends
Packing boxes for a Thanksgiving meal for our Food for Friends families.