BackPack Weekend

Food Bags

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2018-19 School Year BackPack Sign up   Sheets by School

The third time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?

Then feed my sheep." Adapted from John 21:17

RCHS Pantry

With an amazing outpouring of Community Support from individuals, businesses, churches and civic groups we are in our third year of providing a weekend supply of food to children who are at risk. Each bag contains: 2 Breakfasts, 1  Lunch Item, Fresh or packaged fruit or vegetables, and snacks. The items can be eaten directly from the package or prepared by the student with little training on cooking safety.

During the last School Year, over 20,000 lbs. of food was distributed to school children in Roane County Schools either by the BackPack Program or Fruits and Veggies Program through Mountaineer Food Bank.

Our Program is available for any child in Spencer Elementary, Spencer Middle School and Walton Elementary/Middle School. The students at Geary Elementary/Middle School also benefit from this program and from local community involvement in joint support of the program. The students at Roane County High are served through the in-house pantry setup in the school.  There are no income restrictions or qualifiers. We believe that NO CHILD should have to go to school hungry or have to spend the weekend without basic food and nutrition. Sign-up forms are available in the Office at each school.  Sign-up forms are also available for downloading and printing by clicking  the button on the left for your child's school.

The addition of these schools has increased the number of children served by this program to over 700 each week. While we are encouraged to be such an important part of the lives we touch, we are saddened that the need is so great in our communities. Each week, a team of dedicated volunteers comes together to  pray, sort the items, pack and deliver the bags.  A careful check and double check process is in place to assure that any known allergies are avoided in a student's bag.

For more information on the BackPack Program and how young lives are being touched, call the church at 304-927-4427 or stop in during the week. To make a financial contribution, make your check payable to Memorial United Methodist Church and write BackPack Program on the memo line.

Mail it to Memorial United Methodist Church, 509 Market Street, Spencer, WV 25276.

Your gift to this Program may be tax deductible, consult with your tax advisor if uncertain.