WATERFORD

ONE PERSON ASKING ANOTHER PERSON TO CARE

In March of 2011, 60 Minutes aired a segment on Childhood Hunger in Florida. A Michigan resident vacationing in Florida watched the program with her husband and cried upon hearing of the number of children right here in America that were going hungry. She searched the web for additional information and learned of the Blessings in a Backpack program. See spoke with the National office and then the Michigan office for additional information about starting a program in her home community of Waterford. That woman was Barb Laing, a retired educator.

Central United Methodist Church had been talking about an outreach to a neighboring school and Barb thought the Blessings in a Backpack program would be a way to help children right around the corner from their church with the basic need of food. Central United Methodist donated the seed money to get the program up and running. They have also volunteered many hours assisting with packing, receiving the food product and inventory.

WATERFORD BEGINS PACKING FALL OF 2011


The Steering Committee with the assistance of Central United Methodist Church quickly raised the necessary funds to begin the program for one elementary school. The first backpacks went home November 4th, 2011 with the students who qualified at Sandburg Elementary. Everyone at the first packing was excited knowing the children at Sandburg would have food for the weekend.

WATERFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT

Waterford is a very large school district consisting of 18 schools and many children are eligible for this program. Because of this they are funding one school at a time.

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Packing Information

Wednesday 4 p.m.

Riverside Elementary
5280 Farm Road
Waterford, MI 48328

Steering Committee

Co-Chairperson
  Barb Laing

Co-Chairperson
  Hon. Richard D. Kuhn, Jr.

Members At Large

  Anne Beck
  Bud Leverenz
  Debbie Berry
  Janice Lynch
  Rev. Kathy Pittenger
  Kelly Brien
  Kim Huttenlocher
  Mary Craite
  Pat Loomis
  Rachel Pierre
  Renee Inglsbee
  Richard Berkfield
  Suzanne Grambush

Community Partners

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