Backpack Ministry providing food for needy children

Making a difference in children's lives

According to the Georgia Food Bank Association, 1 in 4 children in Georgia don't know where their next meal will come from.

The Backpack Ministry at Forest Hills United Methodist Church started 5 years ago handing out just nine bags of food to children, but now, they're providing, "1,200 bags of food that will go out to 18 schools in Bibb, Monroe, and Twiggs County," said Lambert. 

Brenda Lambert the Coordinator for the program says she creates a list of items needed for each bag. 

"We do three proteins for drinks, three fruits, two snacks, and three breakfasts," said Lambert.

With the list, she heads over to the Middle Georgia Community Bank to check them out.

Then they load the truck and get the boxes to their storage facility. 

A team sorts out the boxes, and then nearly 350 volunteers come in during the week to help pack the bags and hand them out.

Volunteer Ann Adkisson says she saw the effects of hunger on children while teaching for more than 30 years.

"It's sitting in the cafeteria asking a child if you can eat part of their breakfast. It's something that I never had to experience, but my heart breaks for the children that are experiencing it right now," said Adkisson.

But most importantly she says helping out affects her as much as it helps the child. 

"Having a relationship with those children and them knowing that we love them and care for them and that were coming every week," said Adkisson.

 Donating their time to put a smile on a child's face.

 

 


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