Sacks of Love
Sacks of Love is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available. Many at risk students in our Kershaw County Schools are in a position where they have few options for meals on weekends and holidays. Concerned with the well-being of our students, a group called Sacks of Love Kershaw County was formed in the Spring of 2009, and is sponsored by the Woman’s Missionary Union of the Kershaw Baptist Association. The purpose of Sacks of Love is to provide sacks filled with nutritious food that children take home on weekends. Food is child-friendly and nonperishable. Sacks are discreetly distributed to children on the last day before the weekend or holiday vacation. In cooperation with the Kershaw County School District, Sacks of Love is distributing food in our public schools. Principals, guidance counselors, nurses and teachers identify students who have little or no food to eat on the weekends. If your church or organization is interested in helping provide Sacks of Love please contact Kathy Hall at the Kershaw Baptist Association.
Examples of weekly food combinations for a backpack
We do not pack the entire list of food from the brochure for each child each week. The sacks would be too heavy for the child to manage. What we give them is supplemental. It gets them through the weekend.
Please note that each week we provide 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 suppers. Each sack includes 2 milks and 2 juices.
One Week 1 can Vienna Sausage (or tuna, or chicken, or spam singles, or chicken/tuna salad) 1 Beanie Weenies (or chili & beans) 1 Chef Boyardee (ex. Spaghettios, Beefaroni,etc. with meat or other brand) 1 Pack of 6 crackers (cheese or p-nut butter) 1 Apple Sauce (or mixed fruit, peaches, oranges, etc. or fresh fruit) 1 pudding cup 1 pkg Ramen Noodles (or small can of soup) 1 pkg animal crackers (or other kinds of cookies, Debbie cakes, etc.) 1 pkg nuts (or granola bar) 1 pkg Pop Tarts (there are 2 pastries per package) 1 box of Cereal 1 Instant grits or oatmeal pkg can be substituted for cereal or pop tarts, or you can put in 2 cereals or 2 pop tart packs. Main thing is to have 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 suppers, with 2 juice boxes and 2 milks. White milk can be picked up from the KBA (FREE). You can sub chocolate or other flavored milk, but be sure they have white milk if you pack cereal. As extras, you can add chips, or fruit roll-ups, etc. It’s OK to include a little of what we call “junk food,” but what they really need is more substantial food. Just remember that one sack packed with above items weighs approximately 6 lbs. Small kindergartners or first graders will have problems carrying more than this. Purchase single servings. No large cans of spaghetti, etc. A child must be able to open the food for himself, so be sure you have a pop top can or paper/foil lid that tears off, or package that tears open.
*Tuna, Canned or pouch
*Hot chocolate (pouches)
*Chicken, canned or pouch
*Spam in individual tear open pouches
*Chili or chili & beans
*Spaghettios, Beefaroni, or other pasta foods
*Individual serving of fruit (cups/cans)
*Peanut butter or cheese filled crackers
*Instant Grits (pouch)
*Instant Oatmeal (pouches)
*Granola breakfast bars
*Individual boxes of cereal
*Peanuts, cashews, sunflower seeds
*8 oz. Juice boxes
*8 oz. Milk boxes
***Small bags of pretzels, animal cookies, or other individually wrapped cookies or cakes.
At their monthly meeting of Business after Hours, the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce recognized Sacks of Love Kershaw County as the 2009-2010 Business Partner of the Year for the work they are doing with the Kershaw County School District.