With school approaching next week, students are guaranteed a meal during the day, but when the weekend approaches a meal might not always accessible. That’s where Jody Farnum and Care Help of Sulphur come in.
“We have eleven schools in Sulphur, and they participate and the teachers pick what children they think are coming to school hungry on Mondays," said Farnum. "If you’re hungry you can’t do homework, you just can’t focus so they call us, and they tell u show many bags they need.”
This is Care Help’s Backpack Blessings program, and for five years Care Help has been providing food for children all over Sulphur and Carlyss, with increases in bags every year.
“We were probably making a total of 200 bags a month in the very beginning, and every school year it increased," said Farnum. "This past school year we were doing 250 bags a week so that’s a thousand bags a month."
Gregory Joseph works in the pantry at Care Help and feels grateful that he is able to give back and help these children.
“We put out so much of it every day, and I know the kids will appreciate it the things that we do for them," said Joseph.
Aaron Rennier had no job, food and barley had a place to live when he first to Care Help. Rennier now has been able to turn his life around, and help give back to these children through the work he does with this organization.
“A lot of the kids, if their parents are coming in here for help, they don’t have the money.... they eat during school days, and they have a good meal but during the weekends they might not have anything so with our backpack blessings they get to take that home and at least have some kind of nutrition,” said Rennier.
For Farnum she truly appreciates the community for coming together to help her and this organization feed not only children but others in need.
“I am always amazed and very thankful for the community, because I don’t think they really know unless they participate to know who they’re helping," said Farnum.
Farnum says that Care Help is always in need of donations whether it be food or money.
To help donate contact Care Help at 337-528-2273 or to donate through their facebook page click HERE.