For some kids, the only substantial food they get is the lunch they eat while at school. There are government programs for these kids that pay for all or a substantial part of the cost of their lunch.
For many, food at home is scarce and meals are rare. They just go hungry! Most of us have no idea what that feels like. Most of us cut back by eating out less and at home more. These kids' families cut back by not eating at all.
You can help! And it will cost you very little.
This weekend, Susan and I will be going to shopping - not for ourselves - but for these kids!
One of PCC's primary mission partners is Backpacks of Love. Every Friday, backpacks are delivered to each Powhatan school and distributed confidentially to the kids who receive meals subsidies. There are about 144 backpacks going out each week, and over 5,000 meals have been delivered so far since this movement began just a couple of years ago.
The stories we have heard take my breath away. These kids can't wait for their backpack every Friday, because for many, it's the only food they get all weekend. It breaks my heart. With all the resources we have in our families and in our homes, we shouldn't allow a single child to be hungry! And with summer coming, there is a group of kids who will come to summer school who will need our help.
So - at both of our physical campuses - PCC is doing a food drive!
We need to raise a summer's worth of food, and we can do it!
Below is a list of items that are needed. Why not load up some extra stuff this weekend and bring it to church? We'll still be collecting food on June 9, too, if you want to bring your stuff then.
On behalf of hungry kids who need our help, thank you for feeding them!
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?...The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:37,40)