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Backpack Ministry

Feeding Children One Backpack at a Time

Food Collection:  
1st Sunday of the Month

There are children in Mount Prospect who are eligible for a free or reduced-priced lunch.  There are a number of working families who can’t make ends meet. Although the children in these families may qualify for the free or reduced lunches at school during the week, weekends or holidays their food source is less certain.  Hungry children have lower test scores, diminished learning capacity, increased behavior problems and increased tardiness and absences

Can a plain back pack show hungry children God’s love and care?

  • Yes! – when that back pack is filled with kid friendly food.
  • Yes!-when each backpack is reliably waiting to take home each Friday.
  • Yes!-when parishioners of all ages come together to help children in need.

The Backpack Ministry was started by one woman looking for a way to help under-fed school children.  The commitment is simple: each Friday, she sent home food with kids who rely on free or reduced school day meals in a plain, pride saving back pack.  Inspired by her work, churches throughout the country have begun their own Backpack Ministries.  Now, it’s our turn!

We have: storage and packing space, back packs donated from St. Mark’s own Backpack Ministry and food ready for the first couple weeks of January.

We need: prayers for these children and our new ministry.  People to deliver the food to the schools, and of course, the food itself.

Let our cheerful service be a sign of God’s love!





Grocery Needs

Single Serving Cereal Boxes
Individual Packets of Oatmeal
Raisins in small boxes
Granola Bars
Peanut Butter
Canned spaghetti
Canned Beef Stew
Canned Chili
Individual packets of tuna
Vienna Sausages
Canned Fruit
Fruit cups
Canned vegetables
Juice Boxes
Shelf Ready Milk
Pudding Cups
Individual packs of cookies

No glass jars or Microwavable meals

Please mark your grocery bag “BackPack Ministry”

Questions, please email or contact the Parish Ministry Center at 847-253-8600.



Parishioners who wish to donate may put their offering in an envelope marked “Backpack Ministry” for collection, or it can be dropped off at the PMC.  OR, if you prefer, donate directly through “Give Central.”

  • Go to; Organization Name:  St. Raymond de Penafort Parish & School, Event Name:  Backpack Ministry
  • “SCRIP” cards are also welcome from Jewel, Meijer, or Walmart

Please contact Roberta Nichols at the Parish Ministry Center for assistance with Give Central or to purchase a SCRIP card.