March 21, 2018-During the school year, a “Buddy Bag” may be the only food at-risk children receive on weekends or non-attendance days during the school year. The goal of First United Methodist’s (FUMC) Buddy Bag program to bridge the gap when free or reduced school meals are not available. Buddy Bags are sent home on Fridays with students who participate in the free lunch program. Each bag contains simple, single-serving meals and snacks to be used over the weekend.
Bonnie Meyer, Director of Outreach and Missions at FUMC, spearheaded the project which started in October 2017. Buddy Bags has been a success because of the of the generosity of the church family, community, and, most recently, the Legacy Foundation. She hopes that other churches and community organizations will adopt other local schools so that we can wipe out hunger in our local students. To learn more, please visit www.FUMCCP.com and click on the Buddy Bags banner. The student thank you notes that you’ll find at www.fumccp.org/buddy-bag-testimonials/ are a testimony to how important Buddy Bags are to the kids and their families. One reads, “I like the buddy bags because I do not have that much. The food is so yummy.”
FUMC currently spends about $5 per child per weekend. To help meet the costs, FUMC is hosting a Dinner, Show, and “Pageant” on Saturday, April 14th at 6 pm. Tickets are $25 each and include dinner and the show For more information about the event, to purchase your tickets, make a donation, or sign up to volunteer please contact Bonnie Meyer at Bonnie@FUMCCP.org or(219) 663-15151.