Blessings in a Backpack – MOUNT CLEMENS is a “neighbor-helping-neighbor” program that is designed to help bridge the gap of the nutritional needs of children from the Mount Clemens School District. In the Mount Clemens Schools 90% of the children are eligible for this program. These children are our neighbors. Each week, we will distribute backpacks filled with enough non-perishable food for the weekend to students that qualify on the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. The goal of Blessings in a Backpack is to keep these students from going hungry on the weekends and remove barriers to academic success.The program is just beginning. The Steering committee that will oversee the program has begun meeting. The committee was formed from individuals from many of the local houses of worship including Grace Episcopal Church, First Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, American Lutheran Church and Zion United Church. It is the goal of the Steering Committee to start sending backpacks home for the children in the elementary schools in the fall of 2015. The ultimate goal is to have the Blessings in a Backpack program in all of the Mount Clemens schools as funds become available.
On May 31, 2015, the First Methodist Church held a concert to benefit Blessings in a Backpack. The Michigan Chamber Chorale performed under the direction of Ronald l. Hirfchberger, Jr. It was a wonderful afternoon of inspirational music that touched the lives of everyone present.To help the Blessings in a Backpack program, please make a donation so that backpacks of food can begin going home with children that need our help. When we are ready to begin packing we will also need individuals, groups or companies to assist with packing and transportation.Please visit the website regularly to see the progress we are making and the announcement that backpacks of food are going home to the children.
Chairperson- George Steeh