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Bennet BackPack Program

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Sustainability, Community Support & Thank You!


Sustainability. That was the directive from Scott Young, director of the Food Bank of Lincoln, back in 2007 when we met to talk about starting a backpack program at Bennet Elementary.  He said if you start this make sure you are prepared to sustain it over time. For nearly ten years we have been providing backpacks of food for qualifying families at Bennet Elementary.

Community support. The success of the Bennet BackPack Program is because of community support.  Churches, community groups, school children, and individuals all donate money and volunteer their time to make sure that we have food for the program.  Bennet Community Church stores the food for the Bennet BackPack Program.  Civic groups, church groups and individuals help bag the food for distribution each week. Donations are received to purchase the food from the Food Bank of Lincoln for the backpacks. We also purchase fruit through the school lunch program and add two pieces of fresh fruit each week. Milk vouchers are included twice a month.  All of this happens because our communities are committed to providing food for those in need.

Not only do our communities provide backpacks of food each week throughout the school year,  but they have also provided Thanksgiving baskets filled with all the trimmings for a bountiful Thanksgiving meal, gift cards for food at Christmas and gifts for the children at Christmas.  People caring for people! District OR-1 is blessed with caring people.

Thank you. We are fully funded for the 2017-18 school year.  That means we have the money we will need to purchase 18 backpacks of food from the Food Bank of Lincoln ($262 each) and the money to fund the fresh fruit and milk vouchers as well. Thank you to all who have donated this year!

2018-19 That means it is time to raise the money for the 2018-19 school year. Why? because we plan to continue to provide backpacks of food each week during the school year to qualifying families. Sustainability. The Bennet BackPack Program will continue to meet the needs of the students at Bennet Elementary for years to come because of the commitment of the administration, churches, civic organizations and individuals like you. People who care about their neighbors.

Donations for the Bennet BackPack Program should be made payable to Palmyra Presbyterian Church with a note in the memo to Bennet BackPack Program and sent to Palmyra Presbyterian Church, 1297 G Rd, Palmyra, NE 68418.