One in five American children face food insecurity – more than the populations of New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago combined. During the school week, most of these children depend on the federal free and reduced meal program their school offers. Sometimes, the meals at school are the only ones they get. When the school closes it doors on Friday afternoon, many of these children go home to empty cupboards and empty bellies for 65 hours until they return to school on Monday morning.

Our church currently accepts donations for our local Pecatonica school.  Non-perishable items that can be bagged up and sent home in a backpack with children in need can be places in the collection boxes in each narthex.

Suggestions include:

  • Applesauce
  • Fruit cups
  • Raisins
  • Fish crackers/cheese crackers
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Bread
  • Bagels
  • Oatmeal packets
  • Granola bars
  • Breakfast bars
  • Dry cereal
  • Tuna fish
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Soup
  • Pancake mix
  • Rice

Thank you so much for your generosity. Contact Tiffany Bethke bethkeblessings@gmail.com  with any questions.