This program, coordinated locally by grandparents Doug and Julie Mittleider, and Coble teachers Debbie Brady and Juli Hamilton, was developed to provide weekend meals for schoolchildren without permanent addresses.
These public school children are provided with meals during the school week, but often there is little to eat at home over the weekend.
Non-perishable foods such as pop-top cans of soup, applesauce cups, individual dry cereal bowls, and granola bars are provided to give them nourishment. Because of the keeping quality of the foods, the backpacks can be stored until needed.
Packing backpacks for their unknown buddies was an enthusiastic undertaking by the Coble kids. Eight-grader Kyra Collins said, “I’m glad that I have food to eat, so I enjoy using this time to help others.”
A classmate of hers, Olivia Williams, noted, “I feel sad that I have food to eat and they don’t. I feel very blessed to do this.” Second-grader Aiden Gariepy smiled as he pointed out “I feel good about helping these kids.”
Brady reports that the foods are provided by private donations given by members of both the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church and the David C. Cress Memorial Youth Chapel at Georgia Cumberland Academy.
She adds that the children being helped are not known to the Coble students, “This is a community service project for our students. We’re hoping to give them opportunities to do for others, and hope that with a background like this they will continue serving as adults.”