It's summer! Pool parties - cook outs - fun fun fun! Who is thinking about school? Believe it or not, summer is half over and a group of Warrick County residents have been thinking about the upcoming school year all summer.

The Refuge Christian Church's service ministry, Love the 812 is one backpack buddy drop-off location and they are currently seeking food items for kids for the 2019-2020 school year.
Backpack Buddies provide backpacks filled with shelf stable foods to kids in Warrick County who might not otherwise have enough to eat on weekends when they are at home. The kids receive backpacks each Friday and return them on Mondays to be refilled and given to them again the following weekend.
You can financially sponsor a child each week for the remainder of the school year or bring a ziplock bag filled with food for one child. It costs $3.50 per week to sponsor a child. Or the mythical 2-gallon ziplock bag is always appreciated as well.
What to Put in Your Ziplock Gallon Bag
*Canned Soup
*Canned Pasta
*Potted Meat
*Vienna Sausage
*Beanee Weenee
*Beef Sticks
*Peanut Butter
*Snack Crackers - Cheese & Peanut Butter
*Club Crackers in small packages
*Muffins - individually packaged
*Individual applesauce - please put in a sandwich bag
*Individual puddings - please put in a sandwich bag
*Individual packaged fruit cups - please put in a sandwich bag
*Small package of raisins
*Granola Bars
*Breakfast Bars
What Should Each Bag Contain?
One of the things that I wondered was what to put in each bag. I found this guide.
  • A breakfast item (cereal, oatmeal or breakfast bars)
  • A shelf-stable milk
  • A lunch entree
  • A dinner entree
  • 100% juice box
  • Snacks (such as cheese/peanut butter crackers, granola bars, cookies, etc.)
  • Fruit snacks (applesauce, fruit cups, etc.)
Canned items should be in pop top cans and not require cooking. The church is asking that you do not donate bulk food as they cannot store it at this time.
You can drop off the completed food bags or donation checks at The Refuge Christian Church located at 8566 Telephone Rd, Chandler, IN 47610. Volunteers are also needed to put together food bags from donations. Please direct any questions to Twana Avery @ (812) 618-8921 or

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