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

This will be the second year for our “Summer Packs” Project, a joint venture between the Rotary Club of New Orleans and First Grace United Methodist Church.

Our Goal – Providing nourishment to 36 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 24th – August 2rd (11 weeks total) - *Each Thursday from 4:00 – 6:00PM.

Backpacks will be distributed on Thursday, May 24th 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 2:30PM), then to assist in the distribution to children from 4:00 – 6PM.  Ideally, we would like to have 3 Rotarians each Thursday for both the sorting and distribution periods.  There will also be a need for volunteers to help with delivering and storing food items at the church on a periodic basis.

*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 with transportation of food items should sign up through the Volunteer portal on the Club Runner.  Hopefully we will have a fair number of volunteers, so we can spread different Rotarians across the 11 week period.

If there are any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Rotary Regards,

Mary L. Bonfanti