From Rev. Kate Eames Muhlbaier, First United Methodist Church of Charlestown:
“Blessings in a Backpack is a nationwide program that seeks to make sure school children who face food insecurity have something to eat on the weekend. I cannot speak to how it’s operated in every school, but I can tell you about our participation. My church sponsors this program at Jonathan Jennings Elementary. A woman from our church who taught at JJ for many decades shops every month for items to send the kids home with. She gets different things every month based on the season and deals. She tries to find a variety of proteins, fruits, soups, and little treats now and then (like cocoa packets in the winter). For the last several years, the church has simply paid for this program, but the funding we’d raised for it has run out and we are unable to support it from our budget. We are fundraising within our church as well but need more than what our people can do alone. Thus, we are looking for partners from outside our church to help keep it going. Any donation is greatly appreciated. We selected $90 as the sponsor rate because that’s what it costs for each child throughout the year.
If you are interested in contributing at any level, checks can be made payable to charlestown first UMC missions, with blessings in a backpack in the memo line.
As we are a non-profit this gift is tax-deductible and you will receive a record of your giving. 100% of your gift will go towards the purchase of food for JJ students. There is no overhead or administration costs associated with this- at least in our end.”