Jun 8, 2020

The Virus will not defeat us!

Our Tote Me Home program has been adjusted due to the restrictions that the COVID 19 virus has placed upon us.  We have partnered with the HHH Summer Camp program during the summer vacation where we passed out Tote Me Home bags to our most vulnerable kids.  HHH has been canceled due to the virus.  No camp for the kids!  We have contacted our HHH kids that received Tote Me Home in the past years to come up on Friday at St. John UCC Church to receive a bag per child for the weekend.  Our whole community has been working hard to make sure no one goes hungry.  From the Collinsville Food Pantry feeding people from other communities whose Pantries have closed.  Our School District who keep providing sack lunches to kids on through June.  To individuals who make sure the Blessing Boxes are well stocked with food and toiletries.  To our Churches who are closed to their Congregations but allow us some space to store the Tote Me Home food and let us distribute them on their property.  We will get through this together.  Please keep supporting us in the unprecedented time. Thank you!

Feb 10, 2020

Kids helping Kids

On an ordinary Tuesday in February, a group of Collinsville High School students brought in their donations that they collected for the Tote Me Home Program.  They came carpooling in cars and dropped off nearly 500 pounds of food collected specifically for the Tote Me Home menu.  These Collinsville High School students realize the need in our community and decided they wanted to help.  The Tote Me Home program is now up to 180 students (a new record!) in our school district.  These are students identified that are coming from food insecure homes and are receiving bags of food for the weekend.  There are 4 of these students at the High School for the first time in our program.  The Food Pantry is not entirely surprised by this generosity.  We have a very caring community and our children have learned by example how to take care of one another.  Please continue to support the Tote Me Home program in Collinsville, Il and help make a difference in a child's life.

Nov 11, 2019

Too many is not always a good thing.

An update on the Tote Me Home Program for the Collinsville, Il Unit School District 10.  Last year on November 1, 2018 we were giving out 130 bags to kids to take home for the weekend. We ended the 2018-2019 school year with 143 bags for the food insecure kids.  On November 8, 2019 we are handing out 156 bags!  This includes the High School, where we never delivered before.  It is 1 bag so far but we expect that to increase.  We are a program where we do not want to see an increase.  We hand these bags out to kids that who rely on the free and reduced lunch for the majority of their daily meals.  The bag is to help the food insecure kids on the weekend when they are not at school.  So what happened?  Why do we have so many more kids this year?  There are more questions than answers.  Is it the economy?  Or are there more people aware of kids coming to school hungry and want to make sure they get help?  

For our program to succeed we need financial donations to be able to continue doing this during our school year.  Please continue to support us during this time.  Kids should not be coming to school hungry in this country.

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