OSWEGO – “Blast Hunger,” the fifth annual Blessings in a Backpack joint fundraiser, will take place March 10, at the Elks Lodge in Oswego.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Oswego and Fulton programs that provide weekend food for needy schoolchildren will offer a wide array of crafts and vendors plus pulled pork luncheons for pickup, baskets for raffle, 50/50, and a bake sale.
The pulled pork luncheons, including salt potatoes and coleslaw, are available by presale ticket only.
For tickets, please call 315-297-7802.
This event has been the main fundraiser for the BiB chapters from Oswego and Fulton for the past four years.
All proceeds go to feed hungry bellies in the two cities.
“I can’t believe it’s our fifth one!” said Melissa Russell, Blessings in a Backpack program coordinator for Oswego. “Thanks to the contributors of past events, we have been able to continue to serve a growing number of children.”
Last year’s event was “a great success,” with more than 30 tables full of crafts and merchandise from vendors and hundreds of people who walked through the door to browse the tables, take a chance on the baskets, and pick up their meals, Russell said.
“We’re hoping for another hugely successful event,” she said.
Blessings in a Backpack is a national organization with a mission of helping to end childhood hunger.
Each week, shelf-stable, easy-to-prepare food is sent home to students who are on the free or reduced-price lunch program.
“Currently in Oswego we are feeding 250 students in five elementary schools, and in Fulton nearly 200 students benefit from BIB,” Russell said. “With the help of this fundraiser, individual, corporate and foundation donations, and our fall ‘Count Your Blessings’ Trivia Night, hundreds of students in these school districts don’t have to worry about what they will eat on the weekend during the school year.”
BiB began in the cities of Oswego and Fulton in 2013.
Two churches from Oswego, the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection and Grace Lutheran, along with Prince of Peace in Fulton decided to partner up to help feed hungry students.
“Although Oswego and Fulton are now two separate chapters, we are thrilled to still fundraise together. We began with 50 students total, 25 in each city, and have grown tremendously,” said Russell.
Only $80 feeds a student for the whole 38-week school year, just $2.10 per week.
To check for vendor table availability, to order a pulled pork lunch, or for more information on BiB, please call Russell at 315-297-7802.