MOPS seeking support for Full Tummies

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 9, 2015

To help meet the needs of the more than 229 students served by the Mothers of Preschoolers Full Tummy Project, the organization has opted for an online method of fundraising.

“Our goal is to become our own 501c3 so the more independent we can get the better,” said organizer Andrea Hindmon. “We have a lot of community involvement and just want to make it easy for people to contribute financially, if that’s how they’d like to support our project.”

The goal of the program is to administer bags of food to help local students who need extra meals outside of school hours.

The project serves students at Andalusia, Opp, Straughn, Red Level and Pleasant Home.

Through the program, the children are identified through the school as not having what they need. The MOPS group packs foods easily managed by children, and school personnel discreetly places the items into the backpacks of children in need while the class is out of the classroom.

Hindmon said the group is also kicking off its corporate sponsorship campaign soon.

“It may be more feasible for more businesses to partner with us if they can give online,” she said. “We also have a lot of people inquiring about how they can help that are outside our immediate community, so this was crucial in order for them to partner with us as well.”

Additionally, donations of food are needed.

“Poptop cans are greatly needed,” she said. “We have to assume that they don’t have a can opener, etc. We need things like Beenie Weenies, Vienna Sausages, Chef Boyardee, ready-to-drink soup, peanut butter crackers, fruit cups, trail mix, Nutrigrain bars, individual boxes of cereal and Pop-tarts. We also give out 100 percent juice boxes.”

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