Ebenezer United Methodist Church
Founded 1838 - Sharing God's Love Through Service
WEEKEND BACKPACK BUDDIES PROGRAM
WHAT – The purpose of the “Backpack Buddies Program” is to provide chronically hungry children who attend public schools in Westmoreland County with nutritious, nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food during the school year. Every Friday, and on the last day before a school holiday, selected students are discreetly provided food in a bag to take home with them for the weekend. Each bag contains enough food for a child at risk for hunger to assemble into six healthy meals. This program is made possible through a partnership between the Washington District Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization and the Healthy Harvest Food Bank.
WHY– The number of disadvantaged children and at-risk children in Westmoreland County Public Schools is very high compared to neighboring counties. In the 2015-2016 school year approximately 70% of the student population was classified as disadvantaged and qualifying to receive free or reduced priced lunches. When children are chronically hungry their focus is on surviving – not learning. Other school divisions that have implemented similar programs have seen improvements in academic success, positive behavior and school attendance.
HOW YOU CAN HELP – This program is only made possible by community support. Please join us in fighting hunger for our at-risk children by making a financial donation. Checks should be made payable to Ebenezer United Methodist Church and designated for the Westmoreland County Backpack Program.