Through contact with the public schools system here in Spencer, approximately
180 elementary age children have been identified as having a need of nourished
food on the weekends. Through this program, a child will take home a backpack
filled with 4 individual meals and 2 snacks. By carrying it home in a bag that
can be placed in their backpack they are not singled out from other children.
When they get nourishment, they are healthier, they have better focus & study
habits and are less likely to miss class.
A 4 week rotating menu has been created with food that can be easily eaten with
or without heating up in a microwave, comes in single servings and is
nutritious. Total cost runs on an average of $5.75 per week per child.
The bags are packed on Wednesday evenings and delivered to the schools on Friday
mornings. It is continuing during 9 weeks of the summer as well.
For this program to continue it takes volunteers, of which we have had several
step up already, and continuous donations. A fund has been established at Living
Word Church, 905 10th Ave SE, Spencer IA 51301. Put Feed Our Children on the