At our Anniversary Luncheon, September 23, we will collect funds and supplies for the Backpack Buddy program that we help sponsor at Marlow Elementary School. With the help of Thrivent Action Team grants and generous donations from our congregation, we have been able in the past, to supply weekend meals for 8 needy students during the school year. It costs approximately $35 a week to provide these non perishable food items which are prepared and delivered to the school by Zion members and then anonymously distributed by school staff. We shop for and collect food items that include: ready to eat soup, ravioli, pop tarts, fruit bars, cereal bars and individual serving sizes of fruit, mac and cheese, vegetables, jello or pudding. The containers need to have an easy open lid so that a young child is able to prepare the food with minimal help.