What is the Weekend Backpack Program (WBP)?
The WBP provides meals for students at Ginter Park Elementary School who, being in a financially distressed household may not have food at home on the weekend. 97% of students at GPES are eligible for the Free & Reduced Lunch Program and are therefore eligible to be a part of our WBP.
Who is responsible for the Program?
The Principal and Communities in School Coordinator will determine which students receive the backpacks. The WBP Team will deliver, pickup, and purchase food for the packs. We will also seek to increase the number of children fed, through partnerships with the larger community. Everyone is welcome to join the Team.
How does the program work?
A backpack will be delivered to GPES for each student on Friday. The pack will provide food to the child for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack for the weekend. The students will return the backpacks on Monday. A Team member will pick up the packs, bring them back to church where they will be refilled and delivered to GPES on Friday.
How is the WBP funded?
The program is funded primarily through individual donor contributions. The first year of this program, 2014 we were able to sponsor two students for the school year. 2015, our second year, we increased the number of students sponsored to fifteen. We are currently fundraising for the 2016-2017 school year and hope to further expand the number of children sponsored. The cost of a backpack of food is approximately $30 per week, or $1,260 per year.
How do I contribute to the Program?
A check to Ginter Park Baptist with a designation to the “Backpack Program.” You may also make an electronic gift through the link below. Please indicate your desire that the funds go to the WBP. Your prayers for the program are important. We ask that you keep the students and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
Who should I contact if I want to help
Keene Irwin, firstname.lastname@example.org,804-513-3310 or the church office at 804-359-2475.