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|As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15||Granite Falls, North Carolina|
Back Pack Ministry
Grace Chapel is gearing up for the first year of our School Backpack ministry, a program
organized by Second Harvest Food Bank of Western North Carolina to help feed hungry and
under-nourished elementary school children on the weekends.
The program is set up with a local school and a sponsoring group or agency.
The program is available to schools with at least 50% of their students on free or reduced cost lunches.
Grace Chapel will work in partnership with Dudley Shoals Elementary school in the
Granite Falls area for this ministry.
Each Thursday evening during the school year, Grace Chapel will load backpacks
supplied by Second Harvest with an assortment of food items, also supplied by
Second Harvest. Then, either Thursday evening or Friday morning, the loaded backpacks
will be taken to Dudley Shoals School. The school staff will distribute the packs to free or
reduced-lunch students selected by the school. The children will take the backpacks and
food home with them each Friday so they can have a supply of nutritious food for
the weekend. The students will bring the backpacks back to the school Monday morning.
Someone from Grace Chapel will pick up the backpacks from the school Monday or
Tuesday. The backpacks will be repacked with food on Thursday evening, and the
process is repeated each week during the school year.
Second Harvest Food Bank collects food from a variety of sources across the country,
so they are able to provide food for the Backpack Program at the extremely low cost of
about $200 per student for the entire school year, an amazing bargain! Second Harvest
requires a sponsoring agency to provide food for at least 50 students, requiring a commitment
of $10,000 for the school year, which is paid to Second Harvest in two equal payments,
one in September and the other in January. Grace Chapel has pledged to provide food for
50 students this coming school year.
Many members at Grace Chapel have already made commitments to sponsor one or more
children for the since 2009. We invite others to join us in this terrific ministry. In
addition to financial support, we will need volunteers each Thursday evening during the school
year to load the backpacks with food. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, or would
like to find out more about it, contact the church at (828) 396-4252 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
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Grace Chapel UMC
4336 Grace Chapel Rd
Granite Falls, NC 28630
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