Bemis Junior High
12500 19 Mile Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
Door 4

Wednesday at 4:15 pm

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Wendy Castillo

Sandra McLeod

Rachel Matti

Christina Berra
Laura DeVonce
Trish Horton
Bob Maynard
Joann Maynard
Terri Simpson



Utica Community Partners

This is not your normal food charity. Our food is off the Meijer shelf, kid friendly and stays in the community. We understand it is important to know if our efforts make a difference. Because of privacy concerns, our group never has access to names or other individual information. So, we asked teachers with students receiving weekly backpacks.

Ms. Beszka told us; “They joyfully run into the hallway and try to get a peek of what they have for the weekend.” She went on further to say; “I know the [students] that receive the backpacks enjoy coming to school. They care to try their best and learn.” Not being hungry makes a positive difference when a child needs to focus on learning.

Mrs. Whitenight has had up to approximately 20% of her class receive backpacks. Mrs. Whitenight shared; “They receive their backpacks with joy and enthusiasm. They feel a sense of ownership and independence when they receive the backpack.” Volunteer efforts make a difference while your donations make it possible.

This is the eighth year for the Utica team to provide much needed meals to qualified children, who may lack consistent access to food on weekends during the school year.  Provided over 66,00 weekend meals to the participating children last year at five elementary schools in the Utica Community School District.

You can bring the “joy and enthusiasm” to children right here in our community. Get involved by being a volunteer, a sponsor or both.

Evening Glow Halloween Run Against Hunger 2021 BIAB

The 2021 Evening Glow Halloween Run Against Hunger will return to the evening start and will be held on October 16, 2021, at River Bends Park in Shelby Township. The Kids Run will take place at 6:30 and the 5K Walk/Run at 6:45. The 3.1-Mile course will follow the paved trails lined with glow sticks. Read more…

Look for Trivia Night and Bowling for Backpacks to return in the spring of 2022.  We are in the planning stages.  Check back for details

Roberts Elementary School Logo

Eight years ago our group started with a single school in the Utica Community School District, Dresden Elementary.  Through the years three additional schools have been added, Jack Harvey because of the support of the MNP Corporation, Havel and Graebner with the help of the community. Read more…

Woman Reaching into Box

Adding a school requires financial support and volunteer support.  Beyond the money for food, volunteers are needed to move food from Meijer to the packing location, assist with packing, help transport backpacks to and from school on a weekly basis. Read More…