Pinecrest Baptist Church will host a fundraising yard and bake sale Saturday, March 18, beginning at 7 a.m. at the church’s Life Center.
Available for sale will be cakes, cookies, fried pies, hamburgers, hotdogs and sausage and biscuits. Adding to the variety of food available, will be some electronics, small appliances, clothes and furniture.
Weekend Snack Pack program founder R.M. Brooks said all of the money raised from the sale will go toward supporting the snack pack program.
“All of the money goes to feed hungry kids. There are no salaries,” said Brooks, regarding the program which began in spring of 2011.
He said they have 317 snack packs that are delivered on Fridays to elementary and middle schools in both Corinth and Alcorn County currently. It takes about $3.50 to make up the distinctive bags. This price is reduced due to assistance from the Mid-South Food Bank. The cost was over $5 per bag when they had to purchase retail. Further assistance comes from Modern Woodmen of the World. The organization will match up to $1,250 of money raised.
The bags are delivered on Fridays to the schools so children who do not receive regular meals through the weekends will have something to eat. The bags contain a milk box that does not need to be refrigerated until it is opened, a juice box, raisins, fruit chews, mac and cheese, a granola bar, a can of Beanee Weenees or something similar, cereal, peanut butter and jelly tubes, chips, and a small bag of cookies. Brooks said sometimes fresh fruit is provided, when it is available.
“We try to give them enough food for those two days they are out of school,” said Brooks.
There is a form filled out to determine eligibility for the children who receive the bags.
The program began when Brooks felt spiritually led to do something for others — to “give back.” He said his wife, Linda Brooks, had been a teacher for 43 years and she had told him about the hungry children. He spoke to his pastor about what he wanted to do. He said his pastor’s wife had heard of a similar program and thus the Weekend Snack Pack program got started.
As the need for the bags grows, so will the need for community support.
“This is all about the kids,” said Brooks.
(Those interested in making a donation to the charity can do so by sending it to the PWSK Fund at Farmers and Merchants on Harper Road or to PWSK, 313 Pinecrest Road, Corinth, Ms. 38834.)