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Backpack & Food Drive

August 23 - September 6

Githens Middle School

Backpack & Food Drive

Sunday, August 23 - September 6

Yes, you read that right. Even though in-person classes are delayed this year, Githens Middle School’s commitment to their students who face hunger remains. They have a significant immigrant, refugee, and lower socio-economic population at Githens, with more than 50% of the students qualifying for the free lunch program.


For the past several years, CHBC has been the main source for stocking Githens’ food pantry each fall. As school begins, we receive your donations and fill the pantry as the guidance counselors begin to identify the students who need this assistance. Githens’ volunteers who organize the food pantry are prepared to distribute food, however that looks this year. Let us give generously in Jesus’ name.


Why the food is needed is obvious. But why the backpacks? They serve as the discreet means of sending food home with students.


This year’s drive will span 3 Sundays: August 23, 30, and September 6. This year’s drive will span 3 Sundays: August 23, 30, and September 6 AND there are 2 ways to donate – in person or through Amazon. 

  • IN PERSON: Please bring your backpacks and food donations to the table in the main lobby for indoor services or to the drop-off area at the outdoor services (see the needed items below). If you are not attending in-person services, and would like to make a donation on a different day, please contact Margie Tippett.
  • THROUGH AMAZON: We have created a Wish List. Go to this link, pick out items that fit your budget, put them in your cart, pay, and they'll ship straight to CHBC for the sorting day. Easy!


Thank you for your generous support!

Help us sort and deliver

If you can help sort (7 pm, Wed., Sept. 9) and/or transport the backpacks/food the next day, please contact Margie Tippett at .

backpack & food guidelines

Backpack Colors: Black, Grey, Navy

Food Guidelines (No large boxes unless they contain individual pre-wrapped portions): 

  • Individual packs of oatmeal and breakfast cereals
  • Fruit cups (individual fruit/applesauce cups)
  • Peanut butter and jelly (16 oz. in plastic containers)
  • Canned ravioli or spaghetti
  • Canned soups and stews
  • Canned tuna or Vienna sausages
  • Packs of crackers (or sleeves that can be separated)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Individually wrapped snacks (peanut butter crackers, pretzels, goldfish, etc)
  • Granola bars, Cereal bars
  • Individual packs of raisins or other dried fruit
  • Macaroni and cheese