“Love, care and treasure the elderly people in the society.”

Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

The goal of the McCormick County Back Pack Ministry is to provide basic food to impoverished school-aged children in order to supplement their weekend meals. Each Friday morning during the school year, 90 bags are delivered to the three McCormick schools for students who have been pre-designated by faculty and staff as needing additional food on the weekends.

The food is purchased in bulk, costing about $6.00 per child each week. The non-perishable food is stored and packed in the Back Pack room at the McCormick County Senior Center.

The McCormick County Ministerial Alliance has given their support to this ministry by urging all area churches, church and community organizations, and individuals to provide financial support and volunteer help. The Back Pack Ministry offers a wonderful opportunity to share the love of Jesus Christ in a much-needed way by reaching out to our school children.

A nine-member Board of Directors, representing the ethnic, denominational, and geographic diversity of the county, is working to maximize efficiency and continuity of this ministry.

The ministry became a not-for-profit corporation as of February 26, 2016 and has its own bank account. Checks should be written to McCormick County Back Pack Ministry and mailed to P.O. Box 1145, McCormick, SC 29835.

You are invited to join this exciting, rewarding, and much-needed endeavor. In addition to funds fo the purchase of the food, volunteers are needed in the following areas:

1. Substitute drivers with trucks are needed to pick up the food at Food Lion, take it to the Senior Center, and put it on the shelves in the Back Pack work center. Pick-up times are on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

2. Pre-arranged times are set up with volunteers to unpack the cartons of food, set up the packing station, pack the bags, and load a vehicle for Friday morning distribution to the schools. Work sessions are approximately 60-90 minutes.

3. Substitute drivers are needed to deliver the 90 bags to the schools at 8:00 AM Friday mornings. Either an SUV or van is needed to haul the 8 large plastic tubs of bags. The food is unloaded by high school students, so no lifting is required.

If you or your organization have any questions or wish to volunteer, please contact Penny Sockman at (864) 378-3982.

Belton Goff helping take food into the Back Pack prep room at the Senior Center.

Penny Sockman getting food ready to be bagged.