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.

New Hope Lutheran currently accepts donations for our local Pecatonica Elementary School.  Non-perishable items that can be bagged up and sent home in a backpack with children in need can be placed in the collection boxes in each narthex, Hollandale Grocery, Emberson’s Market or dropped off at the Pecatonica Elementary School.

Suggestions include:

  • Applesauce
  • Fruit cups
  • Raisins
  • Canned vegetables
  • Fish crackers/cheese crackers
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Bread/Bagels/English muffins
  • Oatmeal packets
  • Granola bars
  • Breakfast bars
  • Dry cereal
  • Tuna fish packets
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Soup
  • Pancake mix
  • Syrup
  • Rice
  • Noodles
  • Spaghetti sauce

Thank you so much for your generosity. Contact Tiffany Bethke bethkeblessings@gmail.com or 608-212-9028 with any questions.