Spearheaded by Pleasant Run United Church of Christ, the Snack Pack ministry provides about 1,000 students from Emma Donnan Middle School and Manual High School with food over the Christmas break.
The program, launched six years ago, is the brainchild of Joanna Mihay, who had a concern and a vision for providing students with nutritious food during winter break. Mihay and a group of volunteers were able to provide approximately 300 snack packs for students the first year.
The ministry has grown in its short existence and now employs the help of parishioners from Garfield Baptist Church, staff from both schools and students from Emma Donnan.
“The bags are passed out on the last day before Christmas break,” said Pleasant Run UCC parishioner Dennis Kuchler. “They contain about 10 or 11 food items, including peanut butter crackers, pretzels and pudding. The packs are not intended to be a meal, but they give needy kids a little more to eat.”
Snack Pack project coordinator Robert Lindemann said the program is another component in the church’s efforts to address the issue of hunger among area students.
Kuchler said between $3,000 and $3,500 are needed to fund the project. Donations come from parishioners, residents, Cardwell Do-it Best Home Center, Jackson Oil, Porky’s Pizza, Gordon Food Services and grocery stores. People who would like to make a donation can call 317-787-6339.