School Year 2020-2021
School Year 2020-2021
Micah's packing site at St. Matthew's Lutheran church added a new school this month. Five students at Love Grove Elementary will have bags of food to take home every weekend. We know there are more students in need, especially during the ongoing pandemic.
Our numbers have gone up and down as some students switch from classroom to virtual learning. We added 10 students at Arlington Heights so on Wednesday evenings we pack for 160 children and on Thursday we prepare bags for 74. The bags are delivered to the front door of the schools on Thursday and Friday mornings.
Our friends and supporters at NuStar Energy Jacksonville continue to provide a truck load of food every week! So far this school year, they are supporting at least 5 children every week.
We added another school to the list, thanks to East Arlington Rotary's grant. We picked up 18 children at Fort Caroline elementary School this month. All is going well with our packing events and deliveries. With the addition of Fort Caroline Elementary, Micah's Backpack just surpassed it's goal of helping 200 kids in 2020!! We now have dedicated teams on two nights to pack for the schools. Keeping the groups small, wearing masks and distancing ourselves makes it possible to continue delivering weekend food to kids in need.
So much has happened already this year, and it is all so different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, Micah's Backpack Jax is still growing and feeding kids on the weekend.
Here is some really Big News!! Micah's Backpack Jax just received a grant from East Arlington Rotary. The club learned of a Rotary International grant that is specific for organizations that are feeding the hungry during the COVID 19 pandemic. The grant will support an additional 30 children and another school and will provide 60 incredible backpacks that will allow us to move closer to our goal of being 'green' and not dependant on the use of plastic bags. Thank you East Arlington Rotary!!!
The year began with a wonderful food drive by NuStar Energy. The employees at NuStar Energy are very active helping organizations in the community and they decided to help Micah's by having a month long food drive...a loaded pick up truck arrived with enough food to feed the kids for several weeks!
We are ready for the new school year!
while we are still waiting to get systems set up with the schools, we know we will be packing in small groups and will probably make our first deliveries during the first week of September. The plan now is to have volunteers sign up on-line and pack in small groups for each school. East Arlington Rotary has volunteered to do the shopping for us, which is a huge help!! Already they picked up, transported, delivered and stocked shelves with $1800 worth of food---and got it all done in 30 minutes!! Team Micah doesn't waste time. Get It Done! Our goal remains to Help Feed 200 Kids in 2020. Contact us, you can help feed hungry kids, stay safe and make a difference!
NuStar Energy food delivery by Mary and Richard.
East Arlington Rotary Food pick up at BJs