Increase in Snack in a Backpack Meals During Covid-19 Pandemic

 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Snack in a Backpack is packing almost 600 food bags a week containing 2400 meals so Fannin children in need will have food over the weekends. In partnership with the Fannin School System, children will receive their Snack in a Backpack food for the weekends along with their Friday school meals.


Please consider supporting Snack in a Backpack as our food needs have increased 33%. 


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Ninth Annual Snack in a Backpack Event Raises $10,000

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer

Fannin Sentinel

February 27, 2020, Page 5A


Supporters of Snack in a Backpack donned Mardi Gras beads and masks, raising an estimated $10,000 Feb. 22 at the ninth annual Bringing the Blues to Blue Ridge.  
Guests flowed into Mercier Orchards late Saturday evening to kick-off annual festivities that help raise money to support Snack in a Backpack’s mission of feeding Fannin children when not in school.


Executive Director Debby Beck said, “This has been inspiring. There are so many people who have worked on the event for months, gathering auction items, securing donors and getting the word out.”  


Both Beck and Snack Board Chairman Mike Nunnally thank emeritus member Carl Pruett and the Crossroads Band for continuing to support eh nonprofit’s mission and purpose since its founding over 10 years ago.  


“Childhood hunger is very real and a very real concern in Fannin County,” Nunnally told guests Saturday evening. In the local Fannin County School System, 67 percent of children are on free and reduced lunch. Like cogs on a wheel or gears that aid in helping something function properly, Snack fills a role of feeding kids on weekends and helping the summer meal program continue on an almost 12-month cycle.

Over the past year, Nunnally said Mercier Orchards has donated 2.25 tons of apples on a weekly basis that goes into the more than 400 packs that kids take home throughout the school year.

In 2018 and 2019 over 100,000 meals went out to help give kids in need of nourishment until returning to school Monday through Friday.


Volunteering along with Nunnally on the Snack in a Backpack Board are Vice Chairman Rev. Ron Wikander, Recording Secretary Toots Greene, Mary Langford, Jeanie May, Brian Munch, and Greg Spencer.  


Nunnally also added a special thanks to Todd and Greer Plunkett who came to Snack in a Backpack years ago when success of the nonprofit ran on a quarter to quarter basis. Now with the help of the fundraiser, William B. Orkin Foundation and donations from Blue Ridge Dentistry, they fill in with additional monies to purchase food for the remaining school year.  


Beck ran the annual 2020 Bringing the Blues to Blue Ridge fundraiser for the first time since starting as executive director in June 2019. She said, “Most of the Snack volunteers have been involved for a while. They have helped me immensely since I was hired last June.”

The loyalty and hard work of volunteers and board members bring a variety of skill sets and talent to the effort, Beck added. “They are dedicated to helping children.”
Guests enjoyed bidding on a variety of auction items as well as live auction packages that included wild water rafting and zip-lining, overnight treehouse stay and dinner, fishing adventure and a two-night Blue Ridge Cottage stay.
Cajun food ranging from crab cakes and jambalaya to the traditional Mardi Gras King Cake livened up the pre-Fat Tuesday themed event.

Each month we are serving more children in Fannin County schools and we are grateful to have the resources to run the program.” Beck said, adding that a priority moving forward for the board of directors in 2020 “is to have the most nutritional food in our bags that they can possibly provide.”

Beck brings a wealth of experience in her role as executive director, having previously served for nine years as the Development Coordinator for “Florida’s Children First.” She spent time raising money for public policy advocacy for children in the foster care system.

For more information on donating or volunteering, visit Snack’s newly redesigned website at www.snackinabackpack.org

Bringin the Blues Photos 2020

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Thank You Business Supporters & Auction Donors

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THANK YOU - Blue Ridge Business Community

With your help we are making a difference in the fight against childhood hunger.  Every little bit helps to provide for food insecure children in Fannin County.  Thank you for your support.

2nd Story Entertainment

Abernathy’s Complete Home Furnishings

Ace Hardware 

April’s Attic 

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta History Museum 

Ballard’s of Blue Ridge

Bin 322 Wine and Tapas Bar

Black Sheep Restaurant

Blue Jeans Pizza and Pasta Factory

Blue Ridge Adventure Wear

Blue Ridge Bed & Breakfast

Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company 

Blue Ridge Coin Shop

Blue Ridge Cotton Company/Gather 

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa 

Broken Bull 

Buck Bald Brewing

Busch Gardens 

Tampa Butternut Creek Golf Course 

Cantaberry Restaurant 

Canoe

Chester’s Provisions 

Copper  Mine Candle Co 

Cowgirl Up Stables

Crawford Collection 

D&B Blue Ridge Wood Crafts 

Dale & Toots Greene 

Danielle's Cafe

Dazzle Cosmetic Company 

Durham Distillery

Elohi Law

Emma Nails 

Farmers Insurance

Fat Raccoon Gallery 

Fernbank Museum

Fightingtown Tavern 

Georgia Aquarium 

Greg Spencer 

High County Art 

Jan Sanborn Photography 

Joe Basco 

John’s Clocks & Collectables 

Judy Lee

Kuzina Sushi & Noodle

Luna Blu Pottery 

Lynn Russell  

Margery Dallas 

Martha Mullins 

Mary Kaye Bailey 

McCaysville Rocks, LLC 

Mike’s BBQ 

Misty Mountain Hops 

Mothers Things-Blue Ridge Antique Mall 

Multitudes Gallery 

Mystic Mountain Pizza 

New Blue Home & Gifts 

North Georgia Sports Zone 

Olya Khutoryansky 

Out of the Blue 

Pic N Vine 

River Laurel Gifts & Boutique 

Rock City 

Rusted Buffalo 

Serenity Garden Café 

Serenity in the Mountains Spa & Luxury Suites

Sisson Log Homes

Stay Forever Young 

Sweet Shoppe of the South 

Southern Comfort Quilts 

Southern Drug 

Teatrees Boutique Spa 

The Fans Wear Atlanta 

The House of Threads 

The Picture Place On The River

Toccoa Farm Golf Course 

Toccoa River Outfitters 

Toccoa Riverside Restaurant 

Todd & Greer Plunkett 

Town & Country Furniture 

Tree City Nursery & Landscaping 

Treo 

Violet’s Grooming 

Walhala Ridge Furnishings 

Wander Candle 

Wildwater Wrap

Wrapsody in Blue

Yoga and Wellness of Blue Ridge 

Zoo Atlanta  

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Snack in a Backpack

2460 East 1st St., Unit C-7
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

We pack during the school year on Wednesday at 9:30 am. Feel free to stop in a lend a helping hand!

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Debby Beck, Program Director
P.O. Box 2123
Blue Ridge, GA 30513