The 2017-18 school year starts the seventh year for Wesley volunteers to fill bags of food for the “3 Squares” food program at Northwest Harvest. On the third Saturday of every month during the school year volunteers meet at 8:30 a.m. in the church parking lot to carpool to the NW Harvest distribution center. We would really like for you to join us!
The bags of food that we fill are given to children in elementary and middle schools in Yakima and Toppenish. Without this food these children would have little or nothing to eat during the weekend. Counselors in the schools determine who receives food. At this point, only 25 students in each school receive the weekend food. Many more qualify but only 25 will receive it. Why is this? NW Harvest has just a limited supply of food donations and dollars to purchase the necessary items.
Included in each plastic bag are nutritious food items. A bag will contain one can of a protein such as Spaghettios, chili, tuna, or instant soup, one small can of vegetables, one plastic cup of fruit, a container of juice, a container of milk, packets of crackers, a snack item such as small box of raisins, and a packet of cereal, usually oatmeal or cheerios. Our volunteers pack these items in plastic bags and place them eight to a carton for delivery to the schools.
We welcome your help to fill these bags! Just plan to meet us on the third Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. Oh, I forgot to mention, we do stop for donuts and coffee after our volunteer shift is over! (The shift lasts from 9 to 10:30 a.m.) It’s a fun fellowship time to enjoy good friends and a tasty donut.