It's in the Bag! was started three years ago at The Episcopal Church in Garrett County, MD to help feed at risk elementary school children. Children in the Free and Reduced Meals program in Garrett County schools receive breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday at school at a substantially reduced cost or free, depending on need. Healthy weekend meals are either minimal or non-existent. During the school year It's in the Bag! provides a back pack full of single serving, child friendly food on Friday - enough for seven healthy meals through Monday morning. The child returns the backpack on Monday and it's refilled by volunteers and distributed again the following Friday.
To date, we serve over 180 children in five schools and now partner with St. Mark's Lutheran and the Methodist churches of northern Garrett County. We are expanding the program to include another 130 children in a sixth school this year and we need your help! It costs $280 per child to provide nutritious food for the school year. Please consider supporting a child throughout the school year, but a donation in any amount will be most welcome. On behalf of the children we serve now and those we will be serving, thank you!