Ebenezer United Methodist Church

144 Ebenezer Church Road, P. O. Box 70, Oldhams VA 22529

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 Washington District Elementary, Cople elementary and Montross Middle 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 plastic 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.