Christ Church |
Saturday, March 08, 2014
San Antonio, Texas | Patrick Gahan, Rector
Current Outreach Opportunities:
Snack Pak 4 Kids - Feeding Hungry Kids on the Weekend
, 27.1% of the children in Texas are food insecure. Texas ranked 11th highest in the US
, 27.1% of kids in Bexar County – that’s 124,000 children – are food insecure (According to Feeding America)
In November, The Christ Church Community Outreach Committee launched a new program to help “food insecure” children at our adopted James Madison Elementary school. We are so glad to have Karen Von Der Bruegge as the leader for this project. These children from very low income families often go hungry over the weekend. Some of the families are homeless. Some just have too many mouths to feed with the limited income coming into the home.
Christ Church is providing “Snack Paks 4 Kids” to 20 of the neediest students at James Madison every Friday. The food is delivered to Christ Church and our “Outreach Volunteers” pack the bags that are delivered to the school. The school counselor and teachers discreetly place “Snack Pak Bags into the selected student’s back packs. The bags are filled with nutritional snacks such as peanut butter and crackers, juice, milk, canned ravioli and spaghetti and meatballs.
Teachers in schools with Snack Pak 4 Kids programs report improved behavior and academic performance. See the article in the San Antonio Express News, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 at: www.mysanantonio.com “Kids Anywhere can feel hunger.” Even in Alamo Heights. The article tells the story of a volunteer who discovered that the child she was mentoring often came to school hungry.
Snack Pak 4 Kids programs are sponsored by many churches and organizations throughout Texas. In San Antonio there are several other churches sponsoring elementary schools. A survey found 100 percent of Lamar Elementary (San Antonio) teachers said the program is beneficial and they wanted it to return the next year; 80 percent said it improved behavior and 73 percent said it improved academic performance.
The Snack Pak Program can always use more peanut butter! If you would like to donate peanut butter (18 oz. jars), please leave contributions in the parish hall marked “Snack Pak 4 Kids”. If you would like to volunteer to help pack the bags, please contact Karen Von Der Bruegge at Karen3@aol.com.