Backpack Food Ministry

Backpack Food Ministry

News Release: Bethany United Methodist Church Named Purple Sage Elementary’s 2013 Partner of the Year for Backpack Food Ministry

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from Children Food Recipients!


Bethany Contact:Backpack Food Ministry
Jessica Petersen
512-258-6017 x232

Ministry Description:
The Backpack Food Ministry is a ministry partnership between Bethany UMC and Hope Austin. This ministry provides weekend food for children in need at Purple Sage Elementary School. Throughout the school year, Bethany and Hope Austin work together, alternating weeks, to provide over 100 bags of food each week to the school that are then given to qualified students. These bags contain healthy and easy to prepare foods, to ensure low-income children have meals to eat over the weekend. The items must be microwaveable and there are limitations as to the size. We have donation bins on campus with signs near the office and in the preschool lobby so people can drop items off. We also purchase supplies at warehouse clubs. The bags are packed on Sundays and delivered on Friday mornings.

How to Donate:
You can make a donation by making your check out to Bethany UMC and putting "Backpack Food Ministry" on the memo line.

Types of Volunteers Needed:
Adults to shop for food, deliver the bags to the school.  Children and youth fill and pray over the bags during Sunday School.

Food Items Needed:
** Individual servings with pop tops please!

  • Meal cups–Chef Boyardee cups, Hormel Compleats, Easy Mac
  • Ramen noodles
  • Vienna sausage
  • Veggie cups
  • Fruit cups
  • Applesauce
  • Raisins
  • Breakfast – Cereal (single serve boxes), Instant Oatmeal
  • Fruit juice boxes (100% juice)
  • Shelf-stable milk boxes
  • Individually wrapped snack items – snack crackers, granola bars, microwavable popcorn

How to Volunteer:
Contact Jessica Petersen