Fawn United Methodist Church
Backpack Program Coordinator
How our Backpack Program works:
Each Friday afternoon identified Fawn Elementary School children and intermediate, middle and high school children receive a bag of healthy food and snacks. The filled bag may include the following individual serving-size items: cereal, oatmeal, juice, tuna, peanut butter, crackers, macaroni and cheese, soup, applesauce, fruit cups, spaghetti, ravioli, beef stew, canned vegetables, and other nutritious food.
Who can participate?
Eligible students are identified by the school principal, counselors or social workers. Confidentiality of program participants is maintained by the school. A permission form is provided for the parent/guardian of each eligible student by the principal or designated school staff member. The form must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the school before a child may participate.
This growing outreach program is sponsored by numerous churches/organizations in Fawn Grove and the surrounding areas who donate food, pack the bags, and deliver them to schools each week. Program partners serve as secondary sources, not primary sources, of food or funding, as follows:
Southeastern School District assigns a liaison for the program at each school who selects children in need of the program, gets permission slips signed by parents, and ensures distribution of backpacks to the children each week.
Central Pennsylvania Area Food Bank helps to provide quality shelf stable food at a good discount. Grant funds and donations for the overall program are used to purchase bulk food from MD Food Bank and distributed equitably to each of the sponsoring churches and organizations.
Shaws Orchard has donated fresh fruit for the backpacks.
How Can I Help?
Volunteers, churches/organizations wishing to become sponsors, co-sponsors, or partners should contact Liz Morris. Financial donations may be made out to FUMC with “Backpack Program” in the notes field and sent to FUMC, 67 S. Market Street, Fawn Grove, PA 17321
Twenty-two million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. For many of these children, school meals may be the only meals they eat.
In 2015, Fawn United Methodist Church started the backpack program to serve students at our area schools. The program need has grown and the program has expanded to include many additional local churches and organizations.
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