Batesville church continues summer food program for children


BATESVILLE, Ind. – This is the second summer the Batesville UMC in the Southeast District gives food to children of the public schools, who are on free or reduced lunch programs during the school year. Batesville UMC members realized, as many have in their area, that many children do not have help with lunches during the summer. The parents of these children come to the church on Wednesday afternoon between noon and 4 p.m. and pick up a bag of non-perishable food for each school-age child in the family. While the families are waiting for the groceries to be packed, they are seated at tables where the children can eat treats, color pages and talk to their friends. Activities vary from week-to-week. One week was movie week. The week of July 4 the church gave hotdogs, another week ice cream. This past year, Batesville UMC started the food program with the elementary students. This year they have included upper grades. Each week the church serves an average of 80 children. Area churches and businesses have been encouraged to work with the Batesville UMC with food and monetary donations and services. During the last week of August, local beauticians who are donating their time will give haircuts to the children. Also a clothing truck will be offering free clothes. The church is having an Undies Sunday collecting new socks and underwear to be distributed with the clothing from the clothing truck. Volunteers have been wonderful with their time and ideas. This project matures and grows with each passing week.

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