New School Year, New Opportunities to Feed Our Hungry Neighbors
Like she's done so many times before, Julie Patthoff loaded her compact 4-door with cardboard boxes of non-perishable food and delivered them to the Central Office of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District. The boxes were full to the flaps thanks to the efforts of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Manchester, just one of many longtime partners with MRH in the district's Weekend on Wheels program.
WOW, as it's commonly known, is an entirely donations-based program. Nonperishable food items are donated by the local faith community, neighboring school communities, and MRH families and community members. WOW also receives weekly bread donations through Panera Cares. Business partners across the St. Louis area, as well as other area school districts, donate boxes used for weekend food package deliveries.
Each weekend throughout the school year, MRH students and staff prepare nutritious food packages to support MRH families in need. The district-wide WOW Steering Committee comprises high school student interns and MRH staff from each of the district’s schools. In order to continue our weekly support services, the WOW Steering Committee develops fundraising strategies, organizes food drives, and works with local businesses and faith organizations to secure donations for families in need within our community.
Monetary donations are primarily applied to the purchase of grocery cards, which support families during extended breaks from school. The amount needed to fund this annual support typically runs between $11,000 and $15,000. Anyone interested in donating may contact the Central Office at the number below.
As for Good Shepherd Lutheran, that congregation is bracing for its largest food packing event of the year. It's called MobilePack, and it takes place this year from Oct. 18 through 22. In fact, it's so popular, the volunteer slots have been filled already. However, Good Shepherd urges interested potental helpers to watch this web site for any openings which might become available: http://goodshepherdlutheran.com/ministries/fmsc-2017/
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.