Help UUFR provide a year’s worth of meals for children in need

Photo by Sara D. Davis for InterFaith Food Shuttle

By Susan Silverio

UUFR has committed to provide a year’s worth of food for fifteen children who need it more than ever, now that we’re living in a pandemic. But we can only fulfill this commitment with the congregation’s help.

We are working with BackPack Buddies, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s program providing children from low-income households with groceries on weekends. These are children who depend on school breakfasts and lunches during the week. Because schools are now virtual, BackPack Buddies is delivering meals at remote learning centers located at YMCA’s.

UUFR has sponsored children through BackPack Buddies for several years. Normally, we would gather to pack food for our “Buddies.” But because of the pandemic, the Food Shuttle is purchasing pre-packed bags; there is no opportunity for volunteers to pack the bags.

We look forward to when we can gather again, but for now we simply need to provide the funds so children don’t go hungry in our community. The cost to purchase the pre-packed bags for the year is $4275, and we must raise at least half that amount by the end of October: $2138.

The October 11 Justice Sunday collection will go to BackPack Buddies, but you can donate anytime this month. If you want to contribute RIGHT NOW, follow this link to the UUFR website and choose the “Justice Sunday” option. Any donation made this way in October will benefit BackPack Buddies!

Feeding hungry children: only you can make this happen. Please contribute generously that Sunday, or before then, or even afterwards!


UUFR volunteers packing food for children in years past.