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Feed the Kids

Common Ground Network

During the months' kids are in school—

Feed the Kids Backpack Program distributes bags of food to MISD schools that have identified children who are at risk of not receiving meals over the weekend during the school year. Common Ground members maintain relationships with the schools to ensure every child comes to school on Monday morning ready to learn. 

Come every Wednesday at 4:30 pm and help fill bags:

The address is 150 S. 6th Avenue, Mansfield, TX (right behind The Caring Place on Broad Street)

During the summer months—

Common Ground Network raises money with community donations to supply a week's worth of healthy snacks and meals for children in the Mansfield ISD free and reduced lunch program.

Established in 2007, Feed the Kids provided 2,000 bags for the entire summer. This year they are raising money in order to distribute nearly 10,000 bags! They also distribute free books for the reading program.

Common Ground will feed about 1,000 kids per week at food pantries across the school district over the summer months. In 2012, they added the Texas Summer Reading Program that encourages children to keep up their reading by picking out free books and earning prizes for reading each week.

Thanks to your generosity this past fall, we were able to launch a new program that allows us to feed the same kids on the weekends during the school months. 

How Can You Help?

  • Every Wednesday starting May 31-August 9 at either 10 am or 6 pm, you can help organize food and fill bags for the kids of MISD. No need to sign up and all are welcome to help.
  • The address is 150 S. 6th Avenue, Mansfield, TX (right behind The Caring Place on Broad Street)
  • Donate individual serving size bags of food. Items can be dropped off at the In-kind donation baskets around campus.
  • Items needed: Chef Boyardee pasta, tuna, Vienna sausages, mac-n-cheese, fruit cups, cereal, oatmeal, chewy granola bars, peanut butter crackers, ramen noodles, pudding cups, and shelf stable milk.

To donate:

Please make checks payable to First Methodist Church and put "Feed the Kids" in the memo area.

Checks can be mailed to the following address:
First Methodist Church Mansfield
777 N. Walnut Creek
Mansfield, TX 76063 
or you can donate online here.