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Backpack Blessings 2021-2022

Temple Jeremiah's Backpack Blessings Program feeds between 40 and 60 children during the school year. Children in the Highland Park/Highwood School District are sent home with a bag of nourishing food to eat on weekends, when the children do not receive free breakfast and lunch at school. 

Shift 1 volunteers (9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.) unload pallets of food received from the Northern IL Food Bank, bring food up from the Temple basement, and set up the food on tables for packing.

Truck rental volunteer (10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) rents a truck from Home Depot and arrives at Temple Jeremiah at 11:00 a.m. to pick up the bins. The driver drives the delivery to Red Oak Elementary School and returns the truck once unloaded at the school. The rental will be reimbursed.

Shift 2 volunteers (10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) pack food into bags, which are loaded into bins to be delivered to the schools. Volunteers also help clean up supplies.

Shift 3 volunteers  (10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) must be able to lift 25 pounds. They will load the bins onto the truck at Temple Jeremiah, meet at Red Oak Elementary School, and unload bins at the school.

Another volunteer opportunity is to pick up the bins from Red Oak Elementary School on the Friday before packing before 3:00 p.m. and bring them to Temple Jeremiah.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we will follow the procedures set forth by the COVID-19 task force at Temple Jeremiah. This may include participants being masked, gloved, and temperatures being taken. We might also have to pivot to physically distanced procedures.

Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome!

If you have any questions please contact Jacki Krashin [email protected] or Melanie Morrow [email protected].

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Date (mm/dd/yyyy CDT) Location Available Slot
10/17/2021
(Sun. 9:30am - 12:30pm)
Temple Jeremiah 

SET UP (8)

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

 
4 of 8 slots filled
Dana Garbarski (2)
Dana Garbarski and Lucy Weisman
Lesley Guthrie
Oliver
Sara Shepard

TRUCK RENTAL/DRIVING

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 
Dan Weisman

PACKING (10)

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 
8 of 10 slots filled
Alex Marks
Erica Marks
AIMEE LANG
Jim Weiss (2)
Betsy Weiss
Lauren Pisick (4)
Rachel, Morgan and Evan

DELIVERY (4)

10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 
1 of 4 slots filled
Lesley Guthrie
Arlo will be there
11/19/2021 (Fri.) Red Oak and Sherwood Elementary School 

BIN PICK UP

Before 3:00 p.m.

 
11/21/2021
(Sun. 9:30am - 12:30pm)
Temple Jeremiah 

SET UP (4)

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

 

TRUCK RENTAL/DRIVING

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

PACKING (10)

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 
2 of 10 slots filled
Jim Weiss (2)
Betsy Weiss

DELIVERY (4)

10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 
1 of 4 slots filled
Jim Weiss
Betsy Weiss
01/14/2022 (Fri.) Red Oak and Sherwood Elementary School 

BIN PICK UP

Before 3:00 p.m.

 
01/16/2022
(Sun. 9:30am - 12:30pm)
Temple Jeremiah 

SET UP (4)

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

 
3 of 4 slots filled
Ariel Silver
Suzanne Sands (2)
Hanna Sands

TRUCK RENTAL/DRIVING

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

PACKING (10)

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 
4 of 10 slots filled
Suzanne Sands (2)
Hanna Sands
Jim Weiss (2)
Betsy Weiss

DELIVERY (4)

10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 
2 of 4 slots filled
Jim Weiss (2)
Betsy Weiss
02/18/2022 (Fri.) Red Oak and Sherwood Elementary School 

BIN PICK UP

Before 3:00 p.m.

 
02/20/2022 (Sun.) Temple Jeremiah 

SET UP (4)

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

 

TRUCK RENTAL/DRIVING

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

PACKING (10)

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

DELIVERY (4)

10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 
04/08/2022 (Fri.) Red Oak and Sherwood Elementary School 

BIN PICK UP

Before 3:00 p.m.

 
04/10/2022 (Sun.) Temple Jeremiah 

SET UP (8)

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

 
All slots filled
Lisa Schurgin (4)
Sisterhood
Lisa Schurgin (4)

TRUCK RENTAL/DRIVING

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

PACKING (10)

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 
All slots filled
Lisa Schurgin (10)
Sisterhood

DELIVERY (4)

10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 
All slots filled
Lisa Schurgin (4)
Sisterhood
05/13/2022 (Fri.) Red Oak and Sherwood Elementary School 

BIN PICK UP

Before 3:00 p.m.

 
05/15/2022 (Sun.) Temple Jeremiah 

SET UP (4)

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

 

TRUCK RENTAL/DRIVING

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

PACKING (10)

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

DELIVERY (4)

10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 
05/27/2022 (Fri.) Red Oak and Sherwood Elementary School 

BIN PICK UP

Before 3:00 p.m.

 
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