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St. James' Glastonbury
Episcopal Church

Backpack Program

The “BackPack Program” is a national program for schoolchildren that offers families free groceries for weekends and school breaks. Food backpacks include healthy, easy-to-prepare food for kid-friendly meals.  The BackPack Program is associated with the national Feeding America” program to address food insecurity and has been around for many years.  In Glastonbury, this program only served the schoolchildren (whose families met the criteria) at Naubuc Elementary School.  In our Glastonbury Links meetings, the group asked the school district to encourage families at the other four elementary schools to apply for the program (Hebron Ave., Buttonball, Hopewell, and Nayaug).  We take turns with our Glastonbury Links faith community partners to pack up the kid-friendly food and then deliver it to the four elementary schools on a Friday morning.  St. James’ has recently paired up with South Congregational Church to pack and deliver healthy food when it’s our turn on the schedule (about once every 5 weeks). If you would like to help, contact Debbie Hamer.