“When we joined Riverside, I was looking forward to finding ways to give back to our community. When I heard about the Feed A Student program, I knew that was something I really wanted to get involved with. I had volunteered with Backpack Buddies over the years and it breaks my heart to know that there are families out there, especially in our area that struggle with food insecurity.  And being a mom myself, I can only imagine the stress and heartache of not having enough food on the table for my children. 
I love that we are able to provide 2 bags of groceries for these children and their families. I think about how they must feel as they are carrying that food home for the holiday break. I want those kids to know that someone cares for them and they are worthy. 
I came up with the idea of the Facebook challenge because I know that a lot of people want to help and give back to their community. So, by asking my friends, neighbors and colleagues to drop off food items is a great way to get more people involved and help spread awareness. Picking up an extra bag of rice or a box of spaghetti may seem like such a small thing, but it can make such a big impact.  I especially love the day where we deliver all of the packed bags from the church to the school.  Having all of the volunteers come out to help is so inspiring. People really do care and they want to help and working together on this brings a sense of community that makes me feel so blessed to be a part of this.”
– Julie Bowman

Riverside buys in bulk, to fill a bag it costs $40. If you would like to make a financial donation you can give at RiversideChurch.com.  If you would like to help with the logistics of picking up the groceries and setting up for packing please contact Julie. We are packing groceries at 11am on Sunday, December 15th. This is an activity the entire family can do together.