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MUST Ministries seeking community support to feed area children this summer


In preparation to feed over 6300 school children this summer, Must Ministries is asking the public for help as it prepares to provide meals once they are out for summer break.

The free and reduced meals received during the school year are the only meals available for many children living in poverty. Once they are out of school, access to these meals disappear. MUST Ministries has been filling the hunger gap during this period for over 29 years through its Summer Lunch Program.

Said MUST Ministries President and CEO Dr. Ike Reighard, “Few things are as gripping as thousands of hungry children right here in our area. We must help. The children are counting on us. As a community, we can’t let them go hungry.”

In 2022, the program provided more than 6,370 children with 544,450 meals in just nine weeks. The goal is to serve just as many children this year, if not more. The program feeds children in eight counties: Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Fulton (North and South), Gwinnett, Paulding and Pickens.

Through MUST’s Summer Lunch Program, children will receive five breakfasts and five lunches, plus drinks and snacks. The complete list includes:

  • Microwavable Mac N Cheese Cup
  • Pasta
  • Ramon Noodle Cups
  • Rice Cups
  • Noodle Bowls
  • 12 or 16 oz Jar of Peanut Butter
  • 12 or 16 oz Jar of Jelly, plastic jars only
  • 8 oz Bottle of water
  • Cereal Cups
  • Breakfast bars
  • Pop Tarts
  • Oatmeal Packets
  • Grits Packet
  • Pre-packed muffins
  • Capri Sun Juice boxes
  • Chips
  • Cheese dig & Pretzel Sticks
  • Sandwich Crackers
  • Sweet snack Individual sizes
  • Cookies
  • Fruit snacks/fruit roll ups
  • Raisins
  • Fruit cups/cans

You can purchase items or order Summer Lunch items that can be found and ordered using the MUST Ministries’ Amazon Wish List here.

Please deliver or ship items to MUST Donation Center, 1280 Field Parkway, Marietta, GA 30066 Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please label your donation “MUST Summer Lunch.”


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