FALLS CITY – A Falls City church and telephone company are teaming up this summer to provide meals for poverty stricken families.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Southeast Nebraska Communications are bringing a summer backpack program to Falls City.
SNC provides backpacks full of food during the school year, but until this summer, that program would halt for three months, while school was out of session.
“We know the backpack program is really valuable during the school year, that it helps a lot of families in need in our community. We recognize that in the summer, that need doesn’t disappear,” says Pastor Andrew Chavanak.
The church, located on 20th and Towle St., is also the site for the summer lunch program, in which kids 18 and under can get a free lunch every weekday in the church basement. Chavanak decided to piggyback off the lunch program and provide essential food items to families for other meals.
So from now until August, every Friday at noon, underprivileged families can pick up a backpack at the church. Backpacks will be provided one per family, no questions asked.
“Our congregation sees outreach to the community as one of out strengths and we’ve already been involved in this feeding program for a dozen years or so and we just felt like there was another place we could help,” says Chavanak.
Chavanak encourages more folks to come and grab a backpack this coming Friday, with less than half of the backpacks taken last week.