The St. Joe Community Foundation awarded Lynn Haven UMC a $10,000 grant for their Blessings in a Bag ministry. This grant allows 65 students from Southport Elementary School to take backpacks with food home on Fridays. These backpacks full of food help ensure that students will not go hungry over the weekend.
Janet Piepul, St. Joe Community Foundation’s Executive Director, stressed the importance of these type of backpack programs. “Providing this grant to Lynn Haven UMC to help hungry children in our community is another way the Foundation is helping our community be better. It all starts with helping the kids. By helping the kids, you help the adults which strengthens families and by strengthening families you reach the community.”
“We are so appreciative of the tremendous support for the families in need and the ability to help our students,” said Holly Buchanan, Principal at Southport Elementary School. “We want to be able to provide our students and their families with food for the weekend and this grant helps make that possible.”
Backpacks are filled with the help of volunteers from Lynn Haven United Methodist Church through their partnership with Southport Elementary School. This partnership allows members of the congregation to serve as weekly classroom volunteers, help out at special events and pack and deliever the weekend food bags.
About The St. Joe Community Foundation: Since its inception in 1999, The St. Joe Community Foundation (Foundation) has provided more than $19 million in pledges and grants to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves. The Foundation provides charitable grants, primarily in Bay and Walton Counties, which embrace the arts, strengthen education, protect the environment, and improve healthcare. These efforts help build healthy, caring, long-lived communities. For more information, visit www.Joe Foundation.com.