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Coloma United Methodist Church
Want to participate? Consider sponsoring a child for the new school year. Small clean toys or school supplies can be welcome surprises in a small child's backpack. Or, drop a donation marked for the Backpack Project into the collection plate.
Prayers are always welcome!
For more details,
please contact Pam Walker through this website.
The children, school staff, and backpack volunteers thank you!
The Backpack Project is totally funded by donations and proceeds from parking fees during the August Glad Peach Festival, which was held in 2017 on August 4, 5, and 6. Fellowship, cold water & shelter from sun and rain was provided to the many volunteers who took the opportunity to serve during this event. Thanks to all those volunteers and to all those who parked their cars in the CUMC lot, donating time and money to feed elementary children who use backpacks of food every weekend during the school year. Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! Good food grows strong minds and bodies for the future!
If you missed Glad Peach, its not too late to support this effort. Small clean toys, school supplies, backpacks and funds to buy food are always welcome whenever the church doors are open. The kids will thank you!
What is the need for food? Give me details!
How many children will receive weekend meals for school year 2016-2017? Donations given during the month of August and the first week of September will determine how many are served this year. Donations gratefully received at the church office during regular business hours, or on Sunday mornings during the service. If you mark your donation for Backpacks, our financial secretary will see it gets to the right place. Thank you.
Statistics say that three out of five children in Berrien County go to bed hungry every night. Children's brains fail to develop properly if they are not well nourished. There are programs that feed children lunch and sometimes breakfast during the school year and school week. The aim of the backpack project is to supply weekend backpacks of food to children whom the teachers and school counselor agree could use some extra food support on the weekends, too.
Last year's goal was to support 20 children in the Watervliet Elementary Schools. As of fall 2014, we were able to support 28 children, relying on the grace of God and the community for further support of this important mission. And backpacks are also going to children in an elementary school in Millburg. Volunteers have been kept busy food and packing backbacks! Its quite the team effort to supply funding, shop, pack and deliver each week of the school year. Thanks to all who participate in this mission! Young minds need nourishment to grow strong with the ability to learn well!
How are children selected to participate in this program?
Children are selected on the basis of need by the Watervliet elementary school counselor and Contryside elementary principal. They alone have the names of the children.
Starting small with a pledge to fill just 5 backpacks, we wanted to ensure that we could provide this service consistently for the children included in the project. By January of 2013, due to the generosity of congregation and others, the project doubled. Still small, but growing! As of the 2014-2015 school year we were able to supply 28 food filled backpacks each week of the school year.
Who can participate in packing backpacks? What age group?
Currently about 25 to 30 people are involved in buying food, packing the backpacks, picking up empty or delivering full backpacks to the three schools. Others in the church and community offer donations important to support the effort. Team ages varies from the Youth Group and teams of two or three adults.
Whether giving by prayers, presence, gifts, or service, it is a church and community effort, that we hope brings the message that children are loved and important to us, in this community and in this church.
We'd love to hear from you! You may contact us for more information, by clicking on Contact Us, to leave your message with contact phone number or email address.