Junior Auxiliary of the Eastern Shore
During these unprecedented times within our local community due to the COVID-19 crisis and school closures throughout our area, Junior Auxiliary of the Eastern Shore recognized the need to continue to feed our local children who otherwise depend on school breakfast and lunches each day in order to eat and not go hungry.
With the help of the Rotary Youth Club (Fairhope) and the Universal African Church (Daphne) Junior Auxiliary of the Eastern Shore had the privilege of handing out nearly 1,800 “snack packs” to our local children all across the Eastern Shore who were most in need from March 2020 to the start of the school year, August 2020.
With school starting back, the need for food is still forefront for many local Eastern Shore children. Junior Auxiliary of the Eastern Shore has transitioned our “snack packs” into our weekend “Blessing Bag” program.
Our JAES Blessing Bags Committee works hand-in-hand with teachers and school counselors at Fairhope East Elementary School to identify students who are food insecure and provides those students with easy to prepare snacks and meals to take home each weekend. Using all of the safety protocols of the CDC & practicing “social distancing”, Junior Auxiliary of the Eastern Shore members are able to independently shop in bulk, package and label our “Blessing Bags” to be placed discreetly in the child’s backpack each Friday. Each blessing bag contains enough meals and snacks to feed one child from Friday (afterschool) through Sunday night, every weekend throughout the school year. For some children, this is the only “food” they are currently receiving during the weekend.
The average cost is $135 per child for an entire school year. It is our hope, with the assistance of our community, to reach as many children who are food insecure and in need, as possible. We have the ability to do more, and extend to other schools that do not currently have a funded weekend backpack program with the right resources.
Donations of any amount are welcomed and appreciated, but a $135 donation will sponsor weekend food for a child in need, for the entire school year.
As a community, we WELCOME YOU to join our efforts!!! How can you help???
“JAES Blessing Bags”
Below you have the option to donate and sponsor a “Blessing Bag” for a local child or multiple children in need. Any donation amount is appreciated, but your $135 pledge to sponsor a child will ensure they are provided weekend meals and snacks for an entire school year.
Be a Blessing to a local Child, Sponsor a “Blessing Bag”
Blessing Bag – Full Year Sponsorship
I would like to make a full year donation/sponsorship for a Blessing Bag for a local Eastern Shore child(ren) in need for the entire School year. $135 donation will provide weekend food for a school child who is food insecure for an entire school year.
Blessing Bag Monetary Donation
I would like to make a monetary donation (choose amount below) to go toward a Blessing Bag for local Eastern Shore Children in need
Thank you for your generous donation to help feed a child in need here on the Eastern Shore. Your help & contribution to our community does not go unnoticed.
Junior Auxiliary of the Eastern Shore is a 501(c)(3) organization who provides support to children and families in our local community. Our mission is to identify the needs of children, youth and their families in our community, and meet those needs to enhance educational achievement, physical health and emotional well-being. Your donation today, and always, is 100% tax deductible.
Location: Fairhope East Elementary
Fairhope East Elementary is currently the only elementary school in Fairhope without a weekend food backpack program.