Backpack Food Program
The Child Care Council of Kentucky, Inc. is partnering with local schools and God’s Pantry on a new “Backpack Food Program” to provide weekend meals (distributed on Fridays) to qualifying students in schools. The first participating school is Garden Springs Elementary (GSE).
Gethsemane Lutheran Church, in the Garden Springs neighborhood, currently funds 36 children at GSE. An additional 36 children will be being funded through this new initiative.
Shannon Smith and Mandy Otis are local volunteers who are leading the initiative at GSE and working to ensure that the additional 36 children are able to receive food for the weekend. Their efforts are to fully fund the project at GSE and possibly expand to other schools in Fayette County.
YOU CAN HELP!
Cost: One bag of food costs approximately $6. A single bag is packed with dairy, fruit/vegetable, protein, and grains. All items are shelf stable. Our goal is to provide fresh fruit, such as apples or oranges, when possible.
The cost to provide 36 bags is approximately $216, which covers one week.
Break Boxes: As spring break approaches, we hope to provide “Break Boxes” for families in need to help bridge the gap until school is back in session. This box will likely include bulk items. Pricing to be announced.
You can make a tax deductible donation today to ensure children have quality food for the weekend. Click here to donate.
Mail checks to: Backpack Food Program, 1390 Olivia Lane, Lexington, KY 40511. *Please add email address and “Backpack Food Program” on memo portion of check.
Jacklynn (Mandy) Otis at 859-825-8335 ([email protected])
Shannon Smith at 859-559-7320