The BackPack Ministry began in February of 2011 with 9 students from Lane Elementary. In the years that have followed we've grown to service over 1,500 children across 22 schools and 3 counties. But not only did our program grow, we've inspired eight other churches to create their own programs which now serve an addition 450 students with food, clothes, & school supplies.

We're still growing. That's why we need you! Email chairperson
Brenda Lambert & see how you can help with the BackPack Ministry and view our brochure for more details. 

how it works

  • Children who come to school hungry are identified by teachers, counselors or principals. A permission form is sent home asking parents/guardian permission for the child to receive a bag of food every Friday by a representative of Forest Hills UMC. 
  • We shop weekly at the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank. Our partnership with the MGCFB continues to grow as they help provide individual servings of child friendly food at a nominal fee. 
  • Each student receives 15 child friendly items (4 drinks, 3 protein, 3 fruit, 3 snacks, and 2 breakfast) each Friday. 
  • Each school has a team that packs and delivers. The team members place the bag of food in each child’s own backpack in a designated area at the school.