Ibraham Elementary Backpack Program and Food Pantry
A number of students in Forsyth county rely on breakfasts and lunches at school to keep them fed and in good health. On weekends, these meals are not available and children go hungry on these days. This is where programs like the Backpack Program and Food Pantry at Ibraham Elementary step in to fill the gap. Every week, members of the Epiphany congregation pack food bags to feed 72 students over the weekend. Each bags contain 2 bottles of milk, 2 individual cereal packages, 2 packages of fruit, and 2 cans of protein. These bags are then distributed to student backpacks on Fridays.
The food is provided through the Food Bank and is stored at Epiphany. Volunteers are always needed to help with quarterly pickup of food, with weekly bag packing, and with delivering the food to Ibraham Elementary on a weekly basis.
In addition to the Backpack Program, there is an open pantry where parents of students who attend Ibraham Elementary can come and select food. Available goods include meat, bread, fresh fruit, can goods, beans, rice, eggs, laundry detergent, shampoo, and even cakes. Each family may come up to 2 times per month and select up to 3 boxes of food each time. The Pantry is open on Saturday mornings and one Thursday per month. Volunteers are invited to help with food pickup from Food Lion and Lowe’s food and the weighing and storing of the food at the school.