On a beautiful fall day in early October, during the Citizen Involvement Day ceremonies in Bath’s Waterfront Park, the Bath Area BackPack Program received the city’s 2016 Community Project Award. The BackPack Program was started in 2014 through the efforts of members of the Bath United Methodist Church, and now provides week-end and school vacation backpacks of food for nearly 100 needy students from Dike-Newell, Fisher-Mitchell, West Bath and Phippsburg Elementary Schools, as well as pantry food for students at Bath Middle School.
The Community Project Award commended the BackPack Program for helping to ensure “the City’s most vulnerable do not go without a meal.” The citation noted that the city “applauds the efforts of the volunteers of the Bath BackPack Program and thanks them for their commitment to alleviating childhood hunger in our community.”
We are very proud of the work we have been able to accomplish through the BackPack Program, but we are fully aware we could never have helped fill such a great need in our community without support from our volunteers and our generous donors – many individuals, businesses, churches and organizations in our local communities, as well as the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Thank you to all of you – the award is truly for you!
We are grateful that the City of Bath has recognized this hard work and generosity. We hope that we can continue to count on community support in the future as we work to eliminate hunger among our school children.
With thanks from our entire Board of Directors.
Pamela Cox, Board President
Bath Area BackPack Program