In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, Micah’s Backpack had a very successful year and the schools and Micah’s volunteers are gearing up for school year 2020-2021.
When the schools were closed in March and shopping for food was a challenge, a new division of TEAM MICAH was formed. A team of young volunteers, the SUPER SHOPPERS, appeared when the need was greatest and did all the shopping to keep our inventory where it needed to be. Thank you to all of you who gave your time and heart to buy food for hungry kids.
Then, to keep all the volunteers safe, we quickly moved to mini-packing teams and East Arlington Rotary stepped in to deliver the bags to the schools. As a result of the resourcefulness and of so many willingness to help, Micah’s Backpack delivered 1,070 bags (~7,500# of food) to children and families in need from the middle of March to the close of school in June.
And now, Micah’s Backpack is ready to begin its 6th year of helping chronically hungry children and the need couldn’t be greater. Schools have been contacted and informed that we can begin the year helping 160 children. Our goal is still to HELP FEED 200 KIDS (each week) IN 2020. Fundraisers and food drives have been in progress in the community all summer to make sure that will happen.
The goal, as always, is to feed the kids. Now it is also crucial to protect the volunteers, the kids and their families and the school faculty/staff. To do that we will use an on-line volunteer sign-in sheet and have ‘mini-teams’ for packing, delivering, shopping and restocking. We will have mini-teams pack for each school at separate times and our first packings and deliveries will be the first week of September. To sign up visit, https://signup.com/go/EQJtFCA.
It is anticipated that there will be a lot of bumps along the way as this school year gets started and even more as we go forward. In spite of that, with God’s blessing and the help and the devotion of so many to feed the hungry, we will meet our goal to FEED 200 KIDS IN 2020.
Thank you, thank you to everyone for your support. Together, we ARE feeding the future, one child at a time.