Pharos-Tribune

July 23, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters from Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Pharos-Tribune

---- — Backpack program reaches out to community

The merit and health of a community should be judged by how well we care for the less fortunate among us. Children do not ask to be put in unfortunate situations where there is no food in the house. When they find themselves in this circumstance they can blame themselves or feel shame. They become apprehensive or fearful. Lack of proper nutrition can adversely affect their health, growth and development. It is difficult to pull yourself up by your boot straps if you do not have a pair of boots. Most people appreciate a hand up. If children do not have their basic needs met, how can we expect them to learn, perform and grow into healthy, productive adults? What we invest in our children will come back ten-fold. These children will be the ones who care for us as well as teach the next generation. It really does take a community to raise a child.

We are all God’s children, we are all something greater than ourselves, we all have a piece of the puzzle. How do you fit in? Time? Treasure? Talent? Where can you help?

You may or may not be aware that there is a backpack for food program in each Logansport elementary school. This program sends food home weekly for children so they have food over the weekend. This program provides needed nutrition throughout the school year.

This program is supplemented through the “friends of the backpack for food program.” This group collects peanut butter so that each backpack goes home with a jar over each long school break. And this is why I am writing this letter.

To date, 1,500 jars of peanut better have been sent home for extended school breaks. That is a lot of peanut butter.

Brad Brown the owner of The Neighborhood allows Jessie Coffman and Cody Winner to host the “Peanut Butter Jam Sessions.” Donations are collected for peanut butter, peanut butter treats are available for purchase, and monetary donations are accepted. Ms. Coffman and Mr. Winner deserve many thanks for donating their time and talent to this cause.

Most of the peanut butter has been purchased locally at Aldi, D and R, Main Street Market and Martin’s Supermarkets. These stores and managers have been extremely helpful in getting the large quantities needed at a great sale price. We are grateful to them and we should be proud to have such businesses in our community.

Trinity Episcopal Church continues the peanut butter drive though out the year and the ultimate goal is to provide 18 ounce jars or larger at every school break. 300 jars are needed for fall break, 300 for Thanksgiving, 600 for Christmas break (two jars are provided), 300 for spring break, and 1200 for the end of the school year where four jars per student are needed. Hopefully this will assist families to feed their children during the breaks.

Trinity Episcopal is seeking your help in meeting this continuous need. Service organizations, individuals, businesses, corporations and churches are needed to work together as “Friends of the Backpack Program” to meet this on-going need.

If you would like to donate please make checks payable to Trinity Episcopal Church/Peanut Butter. Please make note that your donation is for peanut butter. It can be mailed or dropped off at Trinity Episcopal Church, 319 7th Street, Logansport, IN 46947. Donations of peanut butter will also be accepted. If you would like more information about this program, contact Missy Iles at 574-722-2365 or the church at 574-753-2733.

Trinity Episcopal Church will again host the School Supply Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10. Everything is free including the fun. It continues our commitment to our community’s children.

Missy Iles

Logansport