Through programs such as “Buddy Bags”, we strive to help feed hungry students throughout South Lake County, Indiana.
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A Plea for Giving Tuesday
With the majority of our schools going virtual, we’ve had to revamp our system and in doing so our budget has increased significantly. Since the Buddy Bag students are not able to receive their weekly bag, we are providing a $20 grocery gift card to each student’s family. This has made a 20% increase in our budget.
We are also providing what we are calling a Buddy Snack Bag to the folks who are picking up the meals the schools are providing during the shutdown. In two weeks, we have distributed over 300 of these at a cost of over $1,000. This is another unexpected and unplanned increase in our budget. We will continue to do this for as long as the schools are virtual.
We are also hoping to start a paper pantry in 2021. This would provide items to our families that they cannot purchase with their food stamps. Items would include cleaning supplies, paper products and hygiene items.
It’s been difficult if not impossible to hold fundraisers during the pandemic. We are planning for 2021 and along with everyone else, praying for a better year.
In light of these challenges and the growing needs of those we serve, donations are greatly appreciated.