Sept 6 – Sept 20 – Quarterly Food Drive – Backpack Buddies

QUARTERLY FOOD DRIVE
Benefitting BACKPACK BUDDIES
Sept 6 through Sept 20

BackPack Buddies is not a school supply program or a backpack donation program. Rather, BackPack Buddies fights Child Hunger here in Cleveland Community schools by providing children from food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year. The children, selected by school principals, guidance counselors, and supervisors of various after school programs, receive a backpack containing six balanced meals and two healthy snacks at the end of every week.

 

The Facts

46%

of students applied for free or reduced meals in Johnston County in 2012-2013.

1 in 4

North Carolina children is at risk for hunger. 

More stats available KidsCountDataCenter.

Specifically Requested Foods:

For this BackPack Buddies, Individually wrapped items work best:

Whole Grain Cereal Bars or Granola Bars
Individual Cereal Packets
Crackers
Easy Mac
Popcorn
Dried Fruit (Raisins, Craisins, etc)
Fruit Cups (Light Syrup)
Applesauce
Canned Spaghetti
Canned Ravioli
Beefaroni
Beenie Weenies
Canned Soup

Testimonies

“When asking a 1st grade student what type of food he ate on the weekend, he replied ‘oh… we don’t eat on the weekend.’  When I asked him if he would like to be a ‘BackPack Buddy’ and explained the program to him, he started jumping up and down with an excited look on his face and exclaimed ‘YES, YES, YES!”

- BackPack Buddies Coordinator

“Toward the end of the year last year, the day before we delivered backpacks, a third-grade student mentioned to her teacher that she was hungry because she and her brother and her mother had to share one apple for breakfast that morning, and they were hungry – they were out of food. And the next day I delivered that bag of food to her classroom, and the teacher said that child lit up like a Christmas tree, she was so excited to see that food. That tells you that you’re making a difference right there.”

- BackPack Buddies Coordinator

For more information on the BackPack Buddies programs in North Carolina available HERE

May 24 – June 7 – QUARTERLY FOOD DRIVE benefitting ST. ANNE’s FOOD BANK

QUARTERLY FOOD DRIVE
Benefitting ST. ANNE'S FOOD PANTRY
May 24 - June 7

St. Ann Catholic Church Food Pantry, or RAMP (Receiving and Ministering to People), serves our Johnston County neighbors in need. Patrons receive one bag of food per family per month. Parishioners are encouraged to donate food or money; monetary donations are used to purchase food from the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina or from local grocery stores.
Each Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers greet our patrons, pack bags and/or carry bags for our patrons. RAMP also has a community resource guide that we use to further assist our patrons.

 

For more information, visit the St. Anne's Food Pantry Website Here. 

MAR 22-29 – QUARTERLY FOOD DRIVE Benefitting BACKPACK BUDDIES

QUARTERLY FOOD DRIVE
Benefitting BACKPACK BUDDIES
March 22 and 29

BackPack Buddies is not a school supply program or a backpack donation program. Rather, BackPack Buddies fights Child Hunger here in Cleveland Community schools by providing children from food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year. The children, selected by school principals, guidance counselors, and supervisors of various after school programs, receive a backpack containing six balanced meals and two healthy snacks at the end of every week.

 

The Facts

46%

of students applied for free or reduced meals in Johnston County in 2012-2013.

1 in 4

North Carolina children is at risk for hunger. 

More stats available KidsCountDataCenter.

Specifically Requested Foods:

For this BackPack Buddies, Individually wrapped items work best:

Whole Grain Cereal Bars or Granola Bars
Individual Cereal Packets
Crackers
Easy Mac
Popcorn
Dried Fruit (Raisins, Craisins, etc)
Fruit Cups (Light Syrup)
Applesauce
Canned Spaghetti
Canned Ravioli
Beefaroni
Beenie Weenies
Canned Soup

Testimonies

“When asking a 1st grade student what type of food he ate on the weekend, he replied ‘oh… we don’t eat on the weekend.’  When I asked him if he would like to be a ‘BackPack Buddy’ and explained the program to him, he started jumping up and down with an excited look on his face and exclaimed ‘YES, YES, YES!”

- BackPack Buddies Coordinator

“Toward the end of the year last year, the day before we delivered backpacks, a third-grade student mentioned to her teacher that she was hungry because she and her brother and her mother had to share one apple for breakfast that morning, and they were hungry – they were out of food. And the next day I delivered that bag of food to her classroom, and the teacher said that child lit up like a Christmas tree, she was so excited to see that food. That tells you that you’re making a difference right there.”

- BackPack Buddies Coordinator

For more information on the BackPack Buddies programs in North Carolina available HERE

Jan 18 to Feb 1 – Quarterly Food Drive

QUARTERLY FOOD DRIVE

Collecting Non-Perishable Foodstuffs from January 18 to February 1

75% of households served by food banks have had to choose between buying food and heating their homes.

More Info

Urgent Need for:
Peanut Butter
Canned Chicken
Canned Tuna
Pasta Sauce
Mac & Cheese
Canned Soup

Nonperishable food should be placed in the Fellowship Hall or taken to the Church Office. All donated food is taken directly to Saint Ann’s Church Food Pantry where it is distributed weekly.