Feeding Griffin Together raises $2600 for Backpack Food For Kids. Feeding Griffin Together, an annual lunch and concert designed to raise hunger awareness and raise funds to “feed Griffin together,”raised $2600 this year. These funds will be donated to BackPack Food for Kids, a Spalding Collaborative program that gives ready-to-eat food items to children in the GSCS system that may not have access to nutritious food at home. “We are so excited that we more than doubled the funds that we raised last year. We didn’t quite meet our goal of $3000, but I am confident that this event will continue to grow and do great things for this community,” said event organizer Jessica Gregory. “Our sponsors –The Chicken House, City Church, Georgia Perimeter Homes, Griffin Gallery, Tommy Allen Real Estate, United Bank, and several individual citizens -are definitely the ones to thank for that –their contributions covered the event costs, allowing 100% of the ticket sales to go toward our cause,” continued Gregory.
Event attendees enjoyed concert by local musicians Ryan Cummings and Cole Jackson on a crisp fall day on November 3 in the Park at 6th, and took home a commemorative hand-painted bowl, which is to serve as a reminder that there are people who continue to go hungry. Plans are already in the works for the next Feeding Griffin Together, which may be moved to the spring instead of the fall, according to Gregory.
Back Pack Food for Kids is in its seventh year of providing ready-to-eat meals for elementary-aged children at six Griffin-Spalding County Schools. The program sends out 8,000 food items per month, serving an average of 250 students per year. They hope to eventually expand to serve students from all 11 local elementary schools, but want to make sure they can financially support each additional school long-term before they add any schools.
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