The Backpack Coalition

The Backpack Coalition

Feeding Round Rock's Future

A Ministry within a Ministry

It's very easy when you are passionate about any "cause" to fail to see beyond your group and its needs, what it's doing and accomplishing.  One of the things I truly love about the Backpack Coalition is that it inspires others, it gives those of us directing this wonderful effort a chance to offer growth and opportunities to others.  Take for instance:

  • We've grown to the point that by last year one or two volunteers were not going to be sufficient to pick up the food needed from our suppliers each week.  At the same time, I was approached to offer some kind of volunteer effort to a high school cross country club.  That volunteer organized the most amazing corps of strong, willing young people to pick up our groceries on a bi-weekly basis; this usually means anywhere from 10 to as many as 30 kids with pick ups and SUVs caravaning to the Backpack House.  Along the way, they earn service hours (a requirement for their Cross Country Team letter jacket) and a sense of giving back to their community.  For us, the benefits are immeasurable:  These kids are positive, motivated and work very hard for us; we simply couldn't do it without them!
  • We have made HEB virtually our sole supplier; if you shop at the HEB Plus store on Palm Valley (79), please make it a point to ask for Scott or the Store manager on duty to THANK THEM.  What they have given us in price matching, enabling us to shop just with them, has dropped the kit price $1.42 from what we started out with originally.  With no loss to contents or quality. 

But I digress.....last year, I was approached by the Round Rock High School Choir Boosters:  As a fund raiser, they sell HEB gift cards.  They purchase the cards at a discounted rate, then sell them for face value retaining a small percentage as their fund raiser.  We've often thought of doing this ourselves, but didn't want to lay out the $40,000 at a time required to get 5%.  Instead, we buy them through the Choir Boosters, dollar for dollar, and they earn about 3% on our $12-14,000 per month in purchases.  For them, this is a huge boost (ouch! Pardon my pun!); for us, it's not much additional effort to help a fellow non-profit.  A good way to share resources.

Do you have a matching grant opportunity at your office?  Are you looking for a service project, as are many other organizations approaching us?  We want to help you with your desire to reach out into the community!   Feeding children, helping them grow up to be successful, speaks to ALL of us.  Let us know how we can help YOU.


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