NOW - Nutrition on Weekends

Hunger in Jackson County

Jackson County Family Connection is working with churches and organizations to help put an end to the child hunger problem in Jackson County. It was revealed in a recent study, that 27.9% of Georgia's children live in food insecure households.  Food insecurity is defined as "not knowing when or where their next meal will come from." These kids are fed breakfast and lunch during the week through their school's Food Nutrition Program. Once they leave school on Friday, they may not eat again until Monday morning. 

Our Program

We work in collaboration with our school systems (Commerce City Schools, Jackson County Schools, Jefferson City Schools) to make sure no child is hungry on the weekends. The goal of this program is to supply a student with four to five meals to last over the weekend. The items should be non-perishable and ready-to-eat. After permission is granted from the parent/guardian, food bags are delivered to the designated school and a counselor or staff member will discreetly pass the food along to the student before going home on Friday.  

Our Needs

We are looking for churches, community groups and organizations to help our program. Become a drop off location for snack collection, volunteer with our sponsor agencies to help pack bags, volunteer to deliver or pick up bags from schools; or monetary donations are always needed.   

Sponsor Agencies:

Arbor Point Church
Corner Stone Church
Crossroads Church
First Baptist Church Commerce
First Baptist Church Jefferson
First Methodist Jefferson
Food to Kids
Galilee Christian
Howell Orthodontics
iServe Ministries
Living Word
Northeast Church
Regina Bush - Feed the Multitudes
St. Catherine's
The Church at Southside
The Vine

Snack collection/Drop off Locations:

Bentley Assisted Living
Braselton Town Hall
Commerce Library
New Liberty United Methodist Church
Ring Container Technologies

Suggested Food Items:

Granola or Nutri Grain Bars
Pop Tarts
Instant Oatmeal or Grits
Chicken or Tuna Salad Kit
Beef Jerky
Mac & Cheese
Ramen Noodles
Beanie Weenies
Beef Stew or Soup
Fruit Cups
Fruit snack gummies
Cheese or PB Crackers
Pudding Snacks
(Please NO GLASS or perishable items)