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New Orleans, LA
First Grace United Methodist Church
3401 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA  70119
United States

The distribution will take place on Thursdays at  First Grace United Methodist Church between 3 -5 PM.  The project will continue each Thursday until August 3rd (11 weeks in total).  Each week the designated students will return to the church to have their backpacks refilled.  Any Rotarian wishing to assist in refilling the packs will need to arrive at 2 PM.

Monetary donations are encouraged - checks payable to The Rotary Club of New Orleans - foot noting "Summer Packs" - and delivered to Tara.  Anyone wishing to donate food items, please contact Mary at 504-451-0491 or


Our Goal – Providing nourishment to 30 -35 students who receive meal assistance during the school year.  These children will be identified by First Grace and neighborhood grade schools.

Project Time Line – During summer break for Orleans Parish Schools, May 25th – August 3rd (11 weeks total) - *Each Thursday from 3 – 5PM.

Backpacks will be distributed at the church.  Each Thursday, during the project, the packs will be refilled with various food items for the upcoming week.  The focus will be on nutrition and therefore fresh and healthy items will be emphasized.

Perishable Items will be purchased on a weekly basis.  These will include fresh fruits and vegetables (apples, bananas, oranges, carrots, etc.), as well as juice, milk, bread (flat), yogurt, cheese and other sandwich food.

Non-Perishable Items will be distributed as needed.  These include some of the following:  peanut butter, jelly, granola bars, raisins, nuts, soup cups, mac & cheese cups, cereal, crackers, etc.

*Rotary Volunteers will be needed each Thursday at First Grace to help sort food items (beginning at 2PM), then to assist in the distribution to children from 3 – 5PM.  Ideally, we would like to have 2 Rotarians each Thursday.


*Monetary Donations of any amount will be appreciated, either Individual or Corporate.  Please give any funds to Tara with a notation for this project.


Anyone wishing to participate in this beneficial project, whether at the church on distribution days or in purchasing food items, please email me.  If you have a preference for a particular date or will be unavailable during a specific time period, please let me know.  Hopefully we will have a fair number of volunteers, so we can spread different Rotarians across the 11 week period.