Local groups fighting hunger in schools
Seminar to share ideas on helping hungry students
Annapolis, MD— A church in Annapolis will host a meeting for groups involved with a backpack program that provides food for children on weekends and school holidays. Heritage Church has operated a Backpack Buddies program for two years, serving a total of 45 students at Georgetown East and Mills Parole Elementary Schools.
Backpack Buddies volunteers at Heritage meet once a week to fill bags with prepackaged food items that are simple to prepare and eat. The food has been donated or purchased from local discount stores and the Maryland Food Bank. Fresh fruit is added just before delivery. Volunteers deliver bags to the two schools and school staff members put the bags into backpacks purchased by the church and distribute them to students before dismissal on Friday. Monday morning, students return the empty backpacks for the next week’s delivery. There are several similar programs working with public schools throughout the county.
“We hope this meeting will serve a two-fold purpose,” said Rev. Henry Green. “Those groups running programs can share ideas, while those interested in launching their own program can gather information.”
Teresa Tudor, Administrator for the Office of School and Family Partnerships for the Anne Arundel County School System, will give an update on the current need and a representative from the Maryland Food Bank will discuss how they can provide support. Lunch will be provided.
WHO: Heritage Baptist Church and Anne Arundel County Public Schools – Food in a backpack program
WHAT: Informational meeting on meeting needs of hungry students in Anne Arundel County
WHERE: Heritage Baptist Church – 1740 Forest Drive, Annapolis, 21403
WHEN: Wednesday, March 30, 10:30 AM- 1 PM
COST: There is no charge for the meeting or lunch. Prior registration is requested. Contact the church office at 410.263.6680 or email Heritage’s Backpack Buddies coordinator Mary Ann Fulford at [email protected]