The start of school yields many expected feelings in students—excitement about seeing old friends, curiosity about new teachers, and anticipation about how this year will be different from the last. For some children, however, it also means the assurance of heightened food security since they know they will eat breakfast and lunch at school. Unfortunately for those children who come from food-insecure families, these guaranteed meals do not extend to evenings and weekends. That is precisely where Mission Backpack comes in!
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Mission Backpack program at First Baptist, which was founded to send food home with children in need throughout the year. Therefore, as we enter the beginning of the school year, we would like to collect plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly throughout the month of August to support Greenville County students who may not otherwise have enough to eat at home. Next time you are shopping for groceries, please consider picking up an extra jar of peanut butter and/or jelly to help celebrate the 10 excellent years (and counting!) of great work that Mission Backpack has done and continues to do. Please choose 16-20 oz plastic jars or squeezable containers (no glass jars or extra large jars).
If you wish to donate, bring your plastic jar(s) of peanut butter and/or jelly to the purple collection bins in the church Reception Area or Fellowship Hall any time throughout the month on Monday–Friday (9am-5pm), or any Sunday morning through August 29.
To volunteer with Mission Backpack as a shopper, packer or driver this year, please contact Susan Shelley (firstname.lastname@example.org; 864-561-2558) or Amanda Paton-Znak (email@example.com; 919-622-2390). The typical commitment is once per month.
If you have any questions about this drive, please reach out to Laura Stout (firstname.lastname@example.org).
—Kate Anderson, Missions & Affiliations Committee