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Weekend snack program meeting the needs of Pickens students

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Volunteers pack snack bags for students who may be lacking food to take home for weekends. Food items can be donated during the school year by dropping off at Tate United Methodist Fellowship Hall on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Submitted By Shelley Cantrell,
Pickens County schools
     When a group of people see a need and work together, the results are often amazing and awe-inspiring.  That is exactly what happened when a few individuals realized that there are many children within the Pickens County School System who do not have sufficient food during the weekend away from school.  Students have access to

meals during the school week but for some that may be the only meals they have provided.  An idea was formed---provide a weekend snack program.  The individuals with the idea met with local churches and non-profit organizations and other individuals interested in meeting the needs of these students.   This program operates through C.A.R.E.S but is not funded by C.A.R.E.S and is self-supporting.
     The weekend snack program now sends home 342 snack bags EACH WEEK!   How can YOU help?   Food items can be donated during the school year by dropping off at Tate United Methodist Fellowship Hall on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.    Volunteers are needed for inventory, sorting and packing the snack bags.  You can also make monetary contributions by making the check to CARES and marking as Weekend Snack Program, PO Box 1342, Jasper, GA 30143.
     Our community can be thankful that the basic need for food for hungry children in the Pickens County School System is being met.   Basically, isn’t that what being a community is all about? 
     For more information on the weekend snack program, please contact Fran Bishop, Volunteer Coordinator at 770-735-1434 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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