Snackpac: How it started, what it is, and why we’re doing it!
The Eureka Snackpac program began in 2010 and continues to grow every year. Knowing that children in our own community are hungry, a group of dedicated volunteers make sure that these kids receive a sack full of nonperishable, nutrient-rich food each Friday afternoon during the school year. This food helps fill the gap between lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday. If a child is food insecure, he/she cannot learn, and our mission is to improve the quality of these children’s lives by providing food stability every weekend. We continue the program through the summer months by distributing the sacks each week at the Eureka Food Pantry (Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m.).
A group of dedicated volunteers meet each month to pack hundreds of bags and to help haul tubs of sacks each week to the schools we serve (Davenport, Eureka Middle School, Bright Beginnings at the Unit #140 Office, and Goodfield and Congerville grade schools). We’re always looking for more people to get involved, so please see below for ways in which you might help. Our children are the future; let’s be sure that they’re taken care of in the meantime.
The support of our congregation, both financial and hands-on, has made our local project possible. However, the need is on-going. Below are ways that each member of our church can help:
1. Send a check. Any monies you donate go straight to the purchase of food for the Snackpacs. The word “Snackpac” on your check’s memo line ensures that the money goes where intended. Checks may be put in the Sunday offering plate or mailed to Eureka Christian Church, 302 S. Main, Eureka, IL 61530.
2. Assemble lunches. During the summer and the school year, we are assembling sack lunches at our church. Please contact the church office to find out when the next packing day is.
3. Volunteer to deliver the tubs of sacks to the various schools.
4. Donate food. Different foods are needed each week, so any of the following will be used within a three-week span. Please always check expiration dates to ensure fresh food. Food needed: Mac and cheese or soup or pasta microwave cups; cheese or peanut butter cracker packets; juice boxes – Minute Maid or Apple & Eve or Juicy Juice (please don’t purchase punch, and avoid aluminum containers); applesauce or mixed fruit individual cups.
Please prayerfully consider how you might help support this necessary ministry to kids in District #140. Call the church (309.467.2369) or Jami Hemmenway (309.467.4848) with questions.
Specific volunteer directions available here.