The Backpack Food Ministry
The Backpack Ministry is an exciting, vibrant ministry of Clarke Parish to feed hungry children in the Clarke County community. Donated meals are sent home for children who have been identified by their school guidance counselors. Each weekend and holiday, the identified students take home bags packed with breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. They also receive juice, milk, and snacks.
The entire congregation has generously supported the Backpack Ministry. Along with a number of other local individuals, many parishioners are actively involved on a weekly or monthly basis. Volunteers from Clarke Parish purchase food, organize supplies, communicate with schools, pack bags, and deliver food to the schools every week during the school year. At Grace Church we pack for an average of 40 local children who receive food each week. During the 2017 – 2018 school year, more than 14,000 meals were packed at Grace Church for Clarke County children in need.
Other Clarke County churches work with us and with the local schools to pack for an additional 40 – 50 children. The Backpack Ministry is truly a wonderful way for us to serve God in our own community.