Wayne Food Pantry, School Backpack Program Benefit From Runza Feeds The Need Fundraiser

WAYNE – This past Tuesday featured the Third annual Runza Feeds the Need Fundraiser where 10% of sales were donated to local pogroms focusing on youth hunger & food insecurity.

Locally, the Wayne Food Pantry and School Backpack Program benefited from this fundraiser.

The food pantry is a nondenominational group of volunteers and it’s housed in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church located at 216 West 3rd Street.

Jodi Pulfer is a volunteer at the food pantry. She stated the group is completely community funded.

“We want to thank the community because we’re 100% sponsored by the community,” said Pulfer. “We receive no grants or outside funding. Everything we that have comes from the local community’s donations.”

The goal of the food pantry is to help individuals and families through rough spots in their lives by supplying them with approximately a month’s supply of food.

Last year, the Wayne Food Pantry served nearly 1,200 people and 307 households. As of Tuesday, September 22 the group has served 600 people and 161 households in 2020. The pantry may be used up to three times per year by a client.

The Wayne County Food Pantry also helps the Wayne Community Schools deliver Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets of food.

The Wayne County Backpack Program began in April of 2013 to assist families whose children may experience food scarcity on the weekends or may have children home alone.

Contact First Presbyterian Church at 402-375-2285 with any questions.

“We accept donations of any single serve items,” Pulfer added. “They cannot be homemade prepared. They must be something that small child can eat on their own.”

From late August through late September, the distribution of backpacks has grown from 59 to 143. Sites being delivered to include the Early Learning Center, Elementary, Junior High, High School, St. Mary’s and Tower School.

Letters were sent to families of the Wayne Community Schools school system inviting them to participate. The program, which is completely sponsored by the donations to the Wayne County Food Pantry that are specific to the Backpack Program, provides a weekend supply of nutritious food for children when school lunch and breakfast is unavailable on a weekend.

Teachers and staff can also recommend students that they feel would benefit from the bags.

Like the Wayne Food Pantry & School Backpack Program on Facebook for more information.