College Avenue Presbyterian Church is hosting "Sweets For the Soul" Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. to gauge interest for the Backpack Snack Program.
Stephanie Godke, who has written a book, "Tour De Fork", will be on hand with demonstrations of cooking recipes found in her book.
Proceeds from the event will be used toward establishing a Backpack Snack program in Mercer County.
"A lot of these kids don't know where there next meal is coming from," said Godke.
The Backpack Snack Program is a nationwide program aimed at provid- ing food that children will eat when they go home for the weekend. Many children have reported that they do not always get meals on the week- ends.
Students who qualify for school lunches would be eligible for the pro- gram.
Godke said there are a
couple of churches in Mercer County that are interested in starting the
program here in Mercer County. The Sweets For the Soul" event is an effort to get the program up and running.
Students would pick up a backpack on Friday to take home for the weekend. Godke said some programs are every weekend and some are geared toward a weekend at the end of the month when food stamps tend to run out.
Items placed in back- packs often include peanut butter, raisins, string cheese, granola bars and other items that don't have to be refriger- ated, heated on an oven or need a knife to use.
People bring in food that is sent home with students in backpacks so the children have some- thing to eat over the weekend.
Godke's cookbook can be purchased at Joy State Bank, McKnight's Pharmacy and the Mississippi Valley Distellery