Heritage United Methodist Church
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
815 Baker Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 497-3943
United Methodist Women
HERITAGE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
ALL WOMEN ARE INVITED TO JOIN US FOR ALL EVENTS
Our Purpose: “The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose PURPOSE is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.”
PRAYER LIST: CONCERNS: Lana’s sister, Johnette; Paul Cunningham; Shelley Justice; Diane Lawson; Debbie Zeigler; and Vilma Rhoads.
Backpack Buddies Mission Project – Heritage UMW
Our project began in January of 2008 after one woman in our UMW watched a news segment on a child who was laughed at in the school cafeteria for licking his plate. The teacher discovered he was going without food at home. We decided we wanted to make a difference. We began to send food home with 35 children thru the Wesley Memorial UMC and their after school program called Club Sandwich after being denied the ability to help local school children thru the public school system. We now serve 80+ children and have been able to include children in our church’s immediate community.
Last year we packed over 1500 bags!
We deliver individual units of healthy, child-friendly food every other Friday throughout the school year. We are pleased that we can reach so many children who are in need with this project. These children receive two lunches, juice, milk, two snacks, and two breakfasts that are individually wrapped, easy to open, and non-perishable. The children and the parents have been so appreciative of our help in caring for their needs. We feel blessed that we have been able to care for some of God’s children in such a simple way, and to provide for one of their most basic needs. Several national programs such as Backpack Buddies and Blessings in a Backpack have achieved much documented success in raising test scores for these children just by feeding them over the weekends when they don’t receive their normal free breakfasts and lunches at school.
How can you help??? We are always looking for shoppers, packers, and delivery persons. We have included a list of food items that could be collected and donated by your group, and monetary donations are always appreciated.
· Cups or individual packets of Macaroni and Cheese (no family boxes, please)
· Pop top cans of lasagna, spaghetti & meatballs, chili, or anything with meat included
· Any canned soups or chowders with pop tops that contain meat
· Chicken, tuna, or ham spreads with crackers in individual boxes
· Small, individual boxes of breakfast cereal
· Carnation Instant Breakfast packets
· Granola or Breakfast bars individually packaged
· Oatmeal packets
· Small boxes of milk
· Small boxes of juice
· Small cups of applesauce
· Fruit cups
· Pudding cups
· Peanut butter crackers (6 crackers in package)
· Ramen style noodles or Cup of Noodles
Please contact Julie Hase at Heritage UMC at 497-3943 if you would like more information or have any questions. Thank you!