$5 is all it costs to feed a child seven meals.
The 2nd Annual Art of Giving Event is set for Wednesday, April 23, 2014. This year, we are working hard to raise much need food donations and money for the Backpack Coalition of Round Rock and Backpack Pfriends Ministry. Both amazing organizations provide meals for children who go without on the weekends. And we are not talking about another country – let’s look right in our own backyard.
It was a hard pill to swallow for me to hear that almost 1000 Round Rock ISD students do not have anything to eat on the weekends. I live in such an affluent community, yet this is happening right under our noses. Each Friday, the Backpack Coalition of Round Rock goes into 11 different RRISD schools and gives almost 680 children a bag filled with meals that costs less than $5 each.
I had the privilege of tagging along with a group of ladies who have been going to Voight Elementary School each Friday for the past 2 years. Children file through, picking out their favorite cereals, fruit cups, and snacks to add to the pre-packed bags that include items to make meals with, such a ravioli, mac & cheese, vienna sausages, and juice. It was an absolute humbling experience to watch these grateful children head back to their classrooms with a smile on their faces.
The Backpack Coalition began in 2011, when a RRISD teacher recruited some friends to help feed 17 of her children over Spring Break. Recognizing a much bigger need, they partnered with local churches and small businesses to help provide meals for almost 500 students the next year. In 2013, that number rose to almost 700. And the need is still not completely met.
This is a ministry EVERYONE can easily help. A bag of food that provides seven meals to one child is only $5. The Backpack Coalition has a goal to have no hungry kids in Round Rock and you can help by joining us on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
Another amazing organization that seeks to provide the same for Pflugerville students, Backpack Pfriends Ministry, launched with a pilot program in January 2014. Currently three elementary schools are being served by two local churches. Packs are assembled by volunteers at the churches and delivered to the respective school every Thursday afternoon. Each child receives a bag of food in a backpack that is taken home over the weekend. With such a great need in Pflugerville ISD, this program is expected to expand in the coming school year to include additional students, schools and support from the community.
The Art of Giving is a fun come & go event that features shopping, prizes, appetizers and sweets. This year, we are featuring a Celebrity Art Auction, where we have asked local celebrities to share a piece of art to be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting both Backpack Ministries. Our Celebrity Artists include:
Dr. Steve Flores, RRISD Superintendant
Carlos Salinas, Round Rock City Council
Kris Warren, Round Rock Arts Board Member
Carol Fletcher, PISD School Board Member
Rob Runnels, Director of Ballpark Entertainment, Round Rock Express
Heidi Gollub, creator of Free Fun in Austin
Rob Snow, Executive Chef and Owner Greenhouse Craft Food
Pastor Rosy Rivera, Associate Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Pflugerville
Mike & Kim Barnes, KVUE News
Terri Romere, RRISD School Board Member
Claudio Cruz, RRISD School Board Member
Pauline Law, RRISD School Board Member
Paul Tisch, RRISD School Board MemberCatherine Hanna, RRISD School Board Member
Fire Chief Coatney, Round Rock Fire Department
Steve Norwood, Round Rock City Manager
Nelda Sheets, Round Rock Local Artist
Admission to the event will be a donation of food or a $10 cash donation. Some suggested items that are in need are:
- Armor Vienna Sausages (18 ct.)
- Chef Boyardi Ravioli (8 ct.)
- Ramen Noodles (36 ct.)
- Kraft Easy Mac Cups (8 ct.)
- Mott’s Applesauce (36 ct.)
- Minute Maid Juice Boxes (40 ct.)
- Quaker Oatmeal (52 ct.)
All items above can be found at Sam’s or Costco. More donation ideas can be found here.
Please consider joining us on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 5 pm – 8 pm and help us reach the goal of no hungry kids in Central Texas!
Written by: Rebecca Darling