2011-12 BackPack Program Report
The fourth year of Crete’s BackPack Program will end in May. This year we have provided a total of 89 backpacks--60 to Crete Elementary, 23 to Crete Middle School, and 6 to St. James. The Lincoln Food Bank, which purchases the food in bulk for low cost, calculates each backpack at 5 meals--so when the last distribution goes out, Crete’s program will have provided 16,020 meals for hungry families in this area.
This year the base price of each backpack was $200.00 for a total cost of $17,800.00. Milk vouchers were included in backpacks once each month for an added cost of $2,300.00. Therefore, the total amount needed to support the program this year was $20,100.00.
Sincere thanks to all who have supported the backpack program in whatever way. Thank you to those who have given to the program through donations. First Congregational members provided over a third of the needed funds with the rest coming from local businesses, other churches, and service groups. Thank you to the entire membership for providing space. We continue to use a previous Sunday school room as our pantry and the ARC for packing the food. Thank you to everyone who has contributed labor--especially those who have packed bags through the past year.
The backpack program could not happen without you! Again, thanks.
Thank you Sharon and Jim, for all your work in coordinating this program.
Fun Run Fundraiser!
A 5 K Fun Run Fundraiser was held Fall 2011. Thanks to all who participated and organized this most successful event! Enjoy the photos below: