Fill ‘Em Up!
Supporting the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Backpack Program
The Fill ‘Em Up project during Homecoming & Family Weekend aims to fill a Thomas mini bus with food donations and deliver them to the Good Shepherd Food Bank for its BackPack Program.
When a child faces chronic hunger, learning becomes an incredibly steep uphill battle. The Good Shepherd Food Bank’s BackPack Program provides Maine children who are suffering the effects of chronic hunger with nutritious, easy-to-prepare food to eat during weekends and school vacations when those crucial school meals are unavailable. The BackPack Program serves kids in 39 school communities.
Fill ‘Em Up will fill the Thomas mini bus, fill children’s empty tummies, and in turn, help to fill their hungry and growing minds. Rallying the Thomas community – students, faculty, staff, alumni, families, and all guests – for this worthy cause fits perfectly with our commitment to education and community service.
Please bring your donated food items to the mini bus on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. We’ll be located in the heart of campus, on the green between the Spann Student Commons, the Alfond Academic Center, and the Ayotte Center. Come for “door prizes” and giveaways! Load your donation onto the mini bus and help us feed hungry kids’ bodies and minds.
Wondering what to donate? Here are some suggestions! These items are perfect (and preferred!) for the BackPack Program:
- Whole wheat pasta, boxed mac ‘n cheese, or brown rice
- Spaghetti sauce
- Chicken and rice or beef and veggie soup
- Canned carrots, green beans, black beans, or mixed veggies
- Canned chicken
- Fruit cups or fruit squeezes
- Oatmeal pouches
For more information, please contact Erin Baltes at Thomas College at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 859-1327.
Thank you and we hope to see you there!