New Hope church helps schools by providing snack packs

May 17, 2019 07:05 PM

A local church is showing their passion for helping children in need within their community, as they pack meals every week and deliver them to two schools. 

Volunteers packed these snacks and meals at St. Joseph's church in New Hope, where the boxed food was delivered to Sonnesyn Elementary School. 54% of students there qualify for free or reduced lunch. The church partners with schools across the state to provide weekend snack packs for kids.


The Food Group gathers every week to pack meals for children. Sophia Lenarz-Coy is one of the members.

"It's the communication reaching out to the schools and saying hey-- we want to bring these to kids at no charge and make sure we can feed as many kids as we can," she said.

Summer Harvest for Kids

Jason Wittak with St. Joseph's says it's important for this congregation to not only feed children but support them so they know how important they are.

The Food Group supports food shelves around the metro and they say they need all the help they can get.

"Solving something like hunger is going to take a lot of folks, [such as] people in faith, people who work in hunger... it takes all of us," said Wittak.

Wittak adds he enjoys being part of the solution and interaction with the children.

"They ask, 'are you the food fairies?'" he said. "'Where are your wings?'"

The help is incredibly important to kids during the school year. But over the summer, it's even more important when the children do not have access to healthy meals during the school day.

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