Our program was initiated by Dr. Jim Porter, then minister at First United Methodist Church Georgetown, in an effort to minimize the number of students going to school hungry on Monday mornings.
We started with a pilot program at Williams Elementary School in the spring of 2009 with the support of the school principal, counselor, nurse and the GISD Superintendent. The school counselor identified 48 students desiring to participate. Food was purchased from the Capital Area Food Bank in Austin. Every other week we would drive down to the Capital Area Food Bank in south Austin and pick up a truck load of food. The food was stored in space at FUMC. Volunteers from the First United Methodist Church packed the backpacks with food for the students every Thursday. The biggest reward we had was at the end of the school year when we met with the school principal, counselor and some of the teachers. They reported that the students in our program were coming to school on Mondays more awake and participating in class. The students’ TAKS scores had even improved.