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backpack buddies

Beginning this new school year- Gardendale-Mt. Vernon will be teaming with True Vine Evangelical Church to provide Backpack Buddies for Tarrant Intermediate School. Backpack Buddies is a nationwide program whose sole intention is to feed hungry children. Many school aged children who receive free or reduced breakfast and lunches at school are often hungry on the weekends. Using the BB model, groups adopt a school and work with school counselors to determine children who are eligible for this program. Bags of food are then put in their backpacks to feed them through the weekend.

The items list below are what we need donated please.

Each weekend, every child will receive:

2 Breakfast Items:

Instant Oatmeal packets

Breakfast cereal bars

Single serve boxes of cereal

4 Main Course Items:

Chef Boyardee Pastas

Small cans of spaghetti

Ramen Noodles

Single serve Mac & Cheese

Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup

2 Drink Items:

100% fruit juice boxes

100% fruit juice Capri Sun

Milk boxes

2 Dessert Items:

Individual pudding cups

Individual fruit cups

2 Vegetable Items:

Vegetable cups

small canned vegetables

3 Snack Items:

Granola Bars

Cheese Crackers

Slim Jim or Beef Jerky

Fruit gummies

Raisins or dried fruit

Important Notes!

1.All items must be non-perishable and individually packages.

2.Any cans must be pop-top or peel off.

3.We cannot accept any packaging which requires a can opener.

4.All juice drinks must be 110% juice.

5.Low sugar and sodium preferred.


How Can I Help?

1.Each Sunday School Class, Small Group or Tribe will be asked to provide a few specific food items throughout the school year from the approved list.

2.Bring purchased food to church and place in the designated containers.

3.Volunteer to pack bags at True Vine.

4.Write a check. We will do the shopping for you. Mark it for “backpack buddies”

How Can I Get More Information?

We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.

For more information, you may contact any of the following.

Gardendale-Mt. Vernon Church Office


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