Backpack Buddies​


Backpack Buddies began when our confirmation students saw a community need back in the fall of 2017. By February of 2018, the students were packing food for Emerald Elementary School children who might otherwise go hungry over the weekend.

The program has thrived with the generous support of the congregation and the community at large. Jo-Nell Berger and Kathy Peterson now pack and deliver 118 backpacks each week to students at Emerald Elementary, Head Start and St. Francis Catholic school.

In the summer backpacks are sent to the Schoolcraft County “Camp-Can-Do” day camp. Those vary from week to week depending on how many children come to camp.

Each month Jack’s Fresh Market goes “Casual for A Cause”. Backpack Buddies was chosen as the local organization to raise donations for during the month of January. Supporting our community is a core value at JFM that we try our best to fulfill. On behalf of Jack Ziminski, our generous employees, and the wonderful customers of Jack’s Fresh Market we present this check of $2,046.33 to Backpack Buddies.