Food 4 Kids

Food 4 Kids

For some school-age children who receive reduced/free lunches at school, the weekends can be a time of hungry bellies and food insecurity.  To help students get through the weekends with the food they need, Manchester UMC has partnered with the Parkway and St. Louis School Districts to provide students with backpacks filled with non-perishable food items every Friday.

How Can I Help Food 4 Kids?

Donate Food

The Food 4 Kids ministry is collecting the following items. There is year-round need for non-perishable food items. We especially welcome donations items in bulk packaging. We need donations of the following categories:

Items NeededExamples
Meats & StewsCanned chicken, beef stew, Dinty Moore Compleats, pop-top soup cans, Chef Boyardee cups
Breakfast FoodsCereal cups, Nutrigrain bars, granola bars, microwavable oatmeal cups, Pop Tarts, protein bars
Rice & Pasta SidesMacaroni and cheese cups, Ramen, microwavable rice cups
Fruits & VegetablesApple sauce cups, fruit cups, microwavable vegetable cups
SnacksIndividual packages of crackers and chips, fruit snacks, pudding cups

Food donations can be dropped off at two locations:

  • The Food 4 Kids collection bin located in the church lobby (outside of Fellowship Hall)
  • The blue barrel Food 4 Kids donation bin located in the lobby of the Historic Chapel.
Make a Financial Donation

You can easily make a financial donation by clicking on this blue button and please state Food 4 Kids in the optional memo box. All financial donations are tax deductible. We will use all donations to purchase food items for kids in the Parkway and St. Louis school districts.


In addition to donating food items, you can make a big difference by volunteering a little bit of your time.

Prepare and Fill Food Bags – Volunteers are needed to collect food from the collection bins, prepare the food for putting into the food bags, as well as fill food bags at Manchester United Methodist Church. Volunteers of all ages and abilities, as well as parents with young children, are welcome.

During these days, we will observe protocols and procedures in consideration of the ongoing pandemic. We will limit the number of volunteers for each preparation, packing, and delivery activity. Volunteers must sign up ahead of time to participate. NO walk-ins will be allowed.

Prior to volunteering, individuals must:

  1. Sign up for each day and time they wish to volunteer. You are able to sign up in advance and for multiple shifts.
  2. Self-screen before entering the church building and before participating in church-sponsored activities. More info.
  3. Wear a mask.
  4. Use hand sanitizer at the beginning of the shift and throughout.
  5. Not eat or drink in the work area.
  6. Become familiar with the safety protocols posted in the work area.
  7. Sign in on the clipboard provided upon entering the work area.

Deliver Backpacks – Volunteers are need to deliver the prepared food bags to the schools on Thursday mornings.


For questions or assistance, please email one of the Ministry Coordinators, Janis Thompson, via the contact form on our Staff Page. 

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