For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink … (Matt.25:35)
Our parish participates in a charitable program developed by the North Clackamas School District, called Backpack Buddies.The goal is to assist students whose families cannot always afford food. Such students receive free school lunches on school days. Backpack Buddies provides them with lunches on weekends as well. Classroom teachers know who these students are. Food donations are sought from churches or community groups, to be delivered to a particular elementary school each Thursday. Then on Friday, the classroom teacher discreetly slips some food into the knapsack of the needy student. Our parish is assisting students at nearby Bilquist Elementary School.
Volunteers are needed to purchase food, assemble the lunches, and deliver the lunches. Financial donations are also needed; they may be made out to the church, specifying Backpack Buddies fund. If you would like to help, please contact coordinator Susan Shahbaz. (If you do not have her contact information, please contact the church office to leave a message for her.)