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Ruth’s Harvest Begins to Deliver Backpacks

Many families struggle to eat healthy meals and snacks everyday. St. Matthew has taken leadership in a new program known as Ruth’s Harvest, a free ministry started at the Hanover Area Council of Churches. It helps families eat more healthy meals and snacks and is provided through their local school.

How It Works:
Each Friday afternoon students participating in the program will receive a backpack containing healthy food and snacks to take home with them. Each week, the child returns the empty backpack to the school to be restocked with food. Ruth’s Harvest may include the following items: cereal, breakfast bars, oatmeal, juice, tuna kits, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter crackers, soup, applesauce, fruit roll-ups, ravioli, vegetables, milk, and other nutritious foods.

Who Can Participate?
Ruth’s Harvest volunteers will be working with families whose children attend Hanover Schools. Low income families should contact their school principal to find out if they qualify for the program. Program participation is completely confidential. A parent or guardian must return a signed permission form for their child to participate, which can be obtained from their school principal.

How Can You Help?
Ruth’s Harvest needs volunteers to pack and deliver backpacks on a weekly basis. Food donations are continually needed and can be donated through participating churches. A list of needed food items is available on the brochure linked below. Financial donations can be sent to Hanover Area Council of Churches with "Ruth’s Harvest" in the memo line, at 136 Carlisle Street, P.O. Box 1561, Hanover, PA 17331 or through a participating church also with "Ruth’s Harvest" written in the memo line.

More Information: please contact one of our program coordinators, Hazel George at 633-9574, Claudia Hudson at 688-0688 or HACC Operations Manager, Carol Hinkle at 633-6353.

Download Ruth's Harvest Brochure (Word document)

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