Following is a guest post from Roger Vest, Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Chatsworth. Over the past couple of years they have hosted several Time 2 $ave couponing workshops. I have always been impressed with their incredible commitment to feed hungry children in their community.
Exciting news – we are up for a Walmart grant and you can help us win! As part of their Fighting Hunger Together initiative, Walmart is giving out $3 million in grants for the most innovative and effective programs that help alleviate child hunger. First United Methodist Church of Chatsworth is in the running to win one of 100 grants, but we need your help to win! The more votes we can get, the better chance we have of winning a $20,000 grant from Walmart. The funds will be used to support Murray County Saturday Sacks! Every dollar will be used to purchase food for our Saturday Sacks which are delivered weekly to more than 1,000 children across Murray County. Just $2 will deliver a Saturday Sack to a child at school on Friday. That means $20,000 will deliver 10,000 Saturday Sacks to make sure that every elementary aged child in our community has enough to eat. Every child, regardless of circumstance deserves a healthy start. With your vote, we can make that happen for EVERY child in Murray County.
Here’s how it works:
Now through April 30, go here to vote for our project to win a $20,000 grant from Walmart to help us continue to feed hungry children. You can vote once a day, so please vote as often as you can. This funding is critical to our work and will help us ensure that all children in need have access to the food they need to thrive.
Murray County Saturday Sacks provides a sack of food for children each weekend during the school year. With more than 75% of the children in Murray County receiving free or reduced lunch, many of these children are in danger of not eating during the weekend. We serve every elementary school in Murray County along with the Pre-k program and Head Start. We are currently delivering more than 1,000 sacks every week. Over the past 5 years, we have delivered more than 200,000 sacks to our children. Each sack costs between $1.50 and $2.00, so we need around $60,000 every year to buy enough food for all the children. Your support with this initiative will have a HUGE impact