The results are in! This Sunday, Jodi Marfell and Taylor Ory will get a pie in the face! Join us at 10:45 am near the deck this Sunday, March 4, as we pie our Student Ministries staff! The students collected more than 7,000 items for the Backpack Project. With the help of the congregation, the church contributed more than 10,500 items that will go toward meals for students during Spring Break. Thank you to everyone that brought in items! Here is what we were able to achieve:
- Enough crackers for a full week for our 1100 students with some left over.
- Almost 12 cases of individual cereals (we use about 20 cases a week)
- A full week’s worth of proteins.
- More applesauce than you can shake a stick at — it’s not counted ye.t
- Enough ramen for a full week, and that takes 80+ cases. I don’t even have a final count yet.
Why the Backpack Project?
The Backpack Coalition is a collaboration of area churches, civic and business organizations, including our First Church Backpack Project, designed to meet the needs of hungry children in the Round Rock Independent School District by providing them with nutritious and easy to prepare food to take home on weekends. Each food pack contains a variety of non-perishable and kid-friendly food items. Every Friday the child you sponsor will receive food to take home. This may be the only food that they have for the weekend as many are dependent on the free and reduced school lunch program to meet their nutritional needs. First Church sponsors 95-100 students at both Wells Branch and Bluebonnet Elementary schools.
We distribute these specific, single serve, kid-friendly items to prepare and eat. During the month of February, collection bins are in the entry areas of the Sanctuary, Family Life Center and the Student Ministries Office.
We are collecting all non-perishable items. However, we especially need the following items: peanut butter, Ramen noodles, Vienna sausage, Chef Boyardee individual pop-top cans of ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, etc., applesauce cups, microwave popcorn packets, snack cracker packs, granola or fruit and grain bars, single serve cups of peanut butter, individual size cereal boxes, 100% juice boxes or pouches. Any products not needed by the Backpack Project will be donated to the Round Rock Area Serving Center.