blessings in a backpack

The Gathering Place junior interns gather bags they filled with non-perishable food items for the Blessings in a Backpack program Thursday. The youth met in the St. Simons United Methodist Church fellowship hall to fill 2,000 bags for the next school year.

College of Coastal Georgia and America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia will host a Hands of Hope Pack-A-Thon for Hunger Action Day on Thursday.

Community members are invited to come volunteer with Coastal Georgia students to pack 2,500 backpack kits of food for children who may not have access to meals when away from school during the weekends.

The packing event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at The Anchor inside the Student Activity Center on the college campus.

“Hunger Action Day is the highlight of Hunger Action Month, which is observed annually to bring attention to the reality of food insecurity in the United States,” said Kalista Morton, community relations manager for America’s Second Harvest, in a press release.

About 64 percent of children in Glynn and McIntosh counties are food insecure, she said, and many do not have food at home on the weekends.

Volunteers will fill kits with nonperishable food items, including protein bars, peanut butter, fruit cups, crackers and juice.

The food items will then be placed in backpacks and delivered to students in Glynn and McIntosh schools. Backpacks will also be distributed through partner agencies, such as Communities in Schools and Blessings in a Backpack.

“There are many families in need in Glynn County and the surrounding region. We at the college want to do our part,” said Mike Medlin, director of recreation and wellness at Coastal Georgia. “Participating in the Hands of Hope Pack-A-Thon with America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is a great opportunity for students to impact the lives of children — our future generations of learners — in the community.”

To sign up for the event, volunteers can contact Morton by calling 912-261-7979 or by emailing kmorton@helpandhunger.org.

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