Back Pack Ministry



The College Heights Back Pack Ministry provides a back pack of food items to students a Dixieland Elementary School who have been identified by he school as not having enough to eat over a weekend.  It is now time to organize for the new school year.


Changes are coming to our Back Pack Ministry! The biggest change is - - - no more back packs! Although we will continue to refer to this program as the Back Pack Ministry, in place of back packs we will be using environmentally-friendly brown paper tote bags. Not only will these be easier to pack with the weekly supply of food, but their smaller size will make delivery easier each week. This change comes with the approval of the Dixieland staff. We look forward to examining new directions in this ministry of our church. The Back Pack Ministry exists because of the faithful efforts of our members. There are three key ways to support our program: 1. Your donations of funds for the purchase of food. The Back Pack Ministry is a designated line item in the budget and does not receive funds from regular pledges and offerings. Donations must be specifi- cally designated for “Back Pack Ministry” to be made available to the program. 2. Your generous response of donations and/or actual items to the special programs - - - “Food of the Month,” Thanksgiving Boxes, Angel Tree Christmas gifts, “Undie Sunday,” and school uniforms. 3. Donation of your time. Contributions of funds and items would be of no use without the dedicated volunteers who purchase, organize, pack, and deliver the food and other items to the school. Over the past couple of years, the number of volunteers has dwindled, leaving a relatively small group of faithful members to keep the pro- gram going. Now that the 2019 - 2020 school year has begun, we ask you to seriously consider joining our team. Tasks include setting up the food in preparation for packing, packing the bags, delivering the filled bags to the school, and picking up the empty bins from the school. We especially could use more Delivery Volunteers, which in- cludes carrying bins of packed bags from the Food Room to your car, driving to Dixieland Elementary, and carrying the bins up a few stairs into the office. Contact Denie Garrett ( or 660- 1240) or Dale Alderman (813-754-3917) for more information. Train- ing is provided!