Backpack Blessings is a ministry of Presbyterian Women and provides food for low-income students to take home each weekend. Mallard Creek started the program in 2015 and partners with University Meadows Elementary School and Parkside Elementary School to provide food to their students on the free lunch program.
These are children and their families that qualify for free or reduced lunches at school and otherwise would not get much food to eat on weekends due to their families’ economic situation.
These backpacks consist of snacks and food for Friday as well as breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for Saturday and Sunday. On average we prepare approximately 63 backpacks each week that fed 182 people, 115 children and 67 adults.
We meet to fill the backpacks:
Every Thursday 10am – 11am
(when CMS schools are in session)
1 st Floor of Educational Building
We welcome monetary donations to support the program (payable to Presbyterian Women and note Backpack Blessings on the memo line) or non-perishable food items such as:
- Applesauce cups
- Canned vegetables
- Peanut Butter
- Canned beans
- Cans of Tuna or Chicken
- Cans of chili and Meats
- Chef Boyardee
- Pudding Cups
- Beanie Weenie
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Fruit Snacks & Fruit Rollups
- Granola Bars
- Small Individual Boxes of Cereal
- Individual fruit cups & cans
- Healthy Snacks
- Packages of Peanut Butter & Cheese Crackers
- Individually pack meals (Hormel etc.)
Plastic and can containers of pasta sauce. (NO GLASS PLEASE). Please note that food should be in small sizes to fit into a backpack. Please leave donations in our church office or the basket in sanctuary.