Glenn Memorial UMC
Friday, March 06, 2015
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

Snack in a Backpack

Packing Night
Snack in a Backpack

Thursdays, 7:00pm 

Glenn’s “Snack in a Backpack” project provides food for 150 children at Hope-Hill Elementary School who receive free meals at school but need supplemental food on the weekends. We pack the backpacks on Thursday nights at 7 pm in the Glenn Fellowship Hall.  This is a family friendly activity, and all are welcome to participate! No advance sign up is required to pack -- just come join us!  The backpacks are delivered to the school each Friday for the children to pick up and then return them on Mondays. For more information, contact Deborah Marlowe at
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  1. Volunteering to shop for food on a monthly or occasional basis
  2. Volunteering as an individual or as a group (Sunday School class, Circle, committee, etc.)  to pack backpacks from 7:00– 7:45 pm on Thursday evenings in the Fellowship Hall.
  3. Donating food (see list below)
  4. Writing a check to Glenn Memorial designated for “Snack in a Backpack.”  You may feed a child each week for approximately $6 per backpack. 

Food Items Needed

  • milk (no refrigeration required);
  • juice boxes;
  • breakfast items (such as single-portion boxes of cereal, Pop Tarts, or cereal bars such as Quaker Oatmeal Bars to Go – no Nutrigrain bars since these tend to get mashed in the backpacks);
  • protein items (such as pop-top cans of spaghetti-Os, ravioli, vienna sausages; canned tuna or beanie-weenies);
  • granola bars;
  • fruit cups (mixed fruit cups and  apple sauce);
  • cracker –type snacks (such as peanut butter crackers or gold fish);
  • desserts (such as pudding cups and cookies); and
  • dried fruit snacks (such as fruit leather or real-fruit gummies; the children do not like to receive raisins or Trail Mix which contains raisins).
  • Food donations may be left in the designated box under the front stairs inside the CSB or in the large baskets in the sanctuary.

Volunteer to Help,
or Sign up to Lead the Packing on a Thursday Night

If you would like to shop, pack backpacks, or pick up backpacks, contact Deborah Marlowe at or 404-856-5508 or Jane Thorpe at or 404-881-7822. Or just complete the form below, and someone will be in touch with you soon.
Groups or individuals may also sign up to be "Packing Captains" for leading the packing of 185 sacks of food on a Thursday night at 7 pm in the Judson C. Ward Fellowship Hall. Packing Captains are responsible for having at least 8 packers present. More packers are always welcome! The packing typically takes 30 - 40 minutes to complete. For additional information, contact Deborah Marlowe at or Jane Thorpe at
Phone Number:
Email Address:
I am Willing to Help:
Pack Backpacks
Pick Up Backpacks
Lead a Packing Team (see below)