Our monthly BackPack rotation consists of:
Help Us Feed a Child During School Weekends and Vacations
In 2014, several Bath churches, businesses, organizations and individuals partnered with the GOOD SHEPHERD FOOD BANK to help ease hunger among school children starting at the Dike-Newell School. Because of the growing and enthusiastic community response to the BackPack Program, the BBPP continued at Dike-Newell and began at the Fisher-Mitchell School in September, 2015.
In the 2015-16 school year, more than two out of three children at the elementary and middle school level in Bath qualifed for either free or reduced priced meals through the National School Lunch Program*. That translates to over 600 children, many of whom do not get a nutritious weekend meal. The BackPack program has expanded to include the Phippsburg Elementary School and the Bath Middle School Food Pantry. These children often arrive at school on Monday mornings where teachers are forced to compete against hunger to get their student’s attention. Many Bath area citizens are saying, “Enough!”
Every $225.00 raised through donations will continue to provide weekend and school vacation food for one child for the entire school year!
We welcome anyone who would like to join this effort to help eliminate hunger among our school children. We are in need of assistance with grant writing, leadership by businesses and organizations to plan and sponsor fund-raisers, and the monthly packing of each child’s BackPack. email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Between 43% and 68% of Bath school children (varies from school to school) receive either free or reduced lunch.