At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, our Southland campus in Georgetown fully adopted the food backpack program at Lemons Mill Elementary School. While at school, all students are assured at least two full meals; the weekends bring no such guarantee for many children. Every Friday, students who qualify for assistance through the school’s Family Resource Department are given a bag of food to take home on the weekend. The bag, in very tangible ways, represents health, love, and hope for each of these kids.
Though it seems like a relatively small act, our church family bears the full weight of providing these food bags each and every week. Without the faithful, consistent generosity of our Southland Georgetown family, these kids go home on Fridays with empty hands and, in many cases, empty stomachs. I am so humbled by the willingness of our church to take on this burden!
As we approach the Christmas holidays, I want to ring the bell once again to ask for your continued support in this ongoing act of generosity. Our food stores are currently running extremely low, and have been for a few weeks. Additionally, the number of children for whom we provide bags has nearly doubled since the start of the school year. Please consider adding backpack food items as regular items on your family grocery list.
A list of recommended food items can be found here
. These items can be dropped off each and every weekend at our worship services in the bin located next to Connection Point.
And, as always, if you are interested in helping to sort and pack the food for these children, you can join our team every other Saturday morning at 9:00am. If you have any questions about serving or donating items, feel free to contact our Local Outreach Initiatives Coordinator, Allie Gilkerson
Thank you, Southland family, for making it a priority to generously extend hope in our community!