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Give the Gift of a Donation to the McCormick Backpack Ministry:

In Memory Of or To Honor

If you would like to donate to help feed a child in Memory of a loved one,

 or if you would like to donate to the program to honor someone:

please let us know the persons name that you would like to honor 

and we will put it on our website as a memory or a contribution/gift.

NOTE:  If donating via PayPal or mail,  go to the "Contact Us" page of the website after donating and send us a message that you have donated in memory of or to honor that person and give us the message and/or name that you would like posted.

In Memory Of:

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, 

will guard your heart and mind

Philippians 4:7 

A memory of you is ours to share:

In Memory

Henry Burt Smiley

Jan 1, 1947 - Oct 13, 2020

Barbara Owen Smiley Sept 30, 1957 - June 1, 2020

Henry was a new volunteer to the Backpack Ministry in 2020.  he joined the Ministry to give back after the loss of his wife Barbara on June 1, 2020.  He and Barbara are now together but will be missed.

They were dear neighbors and friends,

Becky and Burt Sappenfield donated in their memory

•Backpack Ministry

 What Are We? •

Let No Child Go Hungry!​

This ministry provides weekend food for preschool and school aged children who have been identified by school personnel 

as in need of nutritious weekend foods.  

The number of children varies on a monthly basis, 

based on family needs and people moving into or out of the area.

The identity of these children is kept confidential.

Thank you for your donations!


At Gold Rush Day, President Rob Clancy presented a $1,000 check to Roseanne Selby, Chair, McCormick Backpack Ministry. Lion Dave Merrills is with volunteers Peter and Christine Benedetto at the Backpack Booth. These funds will help meet the nutritional needs of up to 133 school children over the weekend in McCormick County. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1145, McCormick, SC 29835 

Thank you for your donations!

We received a check for $1, 767 from the Savannah Lakes Women Golf Association. The program was Birdies for Backpack (B4B) women who made birdies donated their winning $ to the Ministry.

Saturday, February 29 2020  at the Hardy Foundation's 4th Annual Gala the McCormick Backpack Ministry was awarded a plaque for their work on the "feed school children on the weekend ministry". 

A great time was had by all!  Members of the board got a chance to meet and socialize with the community.  Thank you to the Hardy Foundation for recognizing the work that the Backpack Ministry does so that "NO CHILD GOES HUNGRY".

Upcoming Events and Other News:

July 11, 2020 - Move into our new home at the Gleamns McCormick Head Start Center

We will update with information regarding the new procedures, times, and places for the program.  Due to the new procedures for Covid-19 we will be sure and update as we get the information. 

We thank everyone for their continued support.

Together and With Your Continued Help 

"Let No Child Go Hungry"

McCormick County Backpack Ministry

Board Members and School Liaisons

We currently have nine (9) Board Members:

Roseanne Selby

Ray DeShano

Bill West

Kathie Essex

Connie Tremski

Vivian Jennings

Arthur Banks

Rev. Tim Jones

Laverne Moss

We  have school liaisons that identify the needs of the children

We also have many volunteers to pick up, pack, and deliver the foods to the schools.

We need monetary donors to help keep the ministry going.  We need your help.

"It would melt your heart to see how excited and proud these children are to receive their own food bag"  

C. Callaham


Who Are We?

The McCormick County Backpack Ministry was incorporated in 2015

as a non-profit organization with a 501c tax-exempt status.  We have no employees, only volunteers from various organizations and churches who pick up food, pack, load and deliver to the McCormick Schools and Head Start Programs.  We have nine (9) Board Members.

Thank you to all of our volunteers that make this possible.  

How Do We Function?

We only serve children who have been identified as being in need by school personnel in the McCormick First Steps, Elementary, Middle, High School and Head Start. Each child identified by the school  will receive a bag of nutritious children-friendly food for the weekend.  

The food bags are distributed weekly and will contain enough food to serve one child per weekend.  These food bags are not intended to feed an entire family.

How Does The Program Work?

Each week volunteers pick up the foods from the local Food Lion.  These foods are delivered to our local Senior Center to be sorted and bagged by our volunteers.  The bags are delivered to the schools for distribution to the students in need.

Our Cost:

Due to the requirements and standards that we must go by; we do not accept food donations. Only monetary donations.

It costs $6.00 per child per week. It takes approximately $30/month to feed each child.

We average approximately 133 children each week.

Our yearly goal is $30,000.

We do not have paid employees, only volunteers.

How A​re We ​Funded?

Individuals, organizations, and grants make this mission possible through generous donations, and the volunteers who help pick up, pack, 

and deliver backpacks to the schools. 

 In addition we receive donations from church sponsored events, fundraisers, or they take up special offerings.

You Can Help...

We can provide a 5-10 minute presentation during church, missionary meetings, or business sessions to further explain our program.

Support Volunteers to help pick up, pack or deliver backpacks should contact:

Ms Roseanne Selby

Chairperson Backpack Ministry

Phone:  (864) 378-1488

email: [email protected]


Checks should be mailed to:

McCormick County Backpack Ministry

PO Box 1145

McCormick, SC 29835


[email protected]

or go to:  Donations Page

Your Donations will Help

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Help Us Reach Our Goal


Please help us reach our goal of $30,000

to feed the children of McCormick County on the weekends.  

Let NO child go hungry!