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Delivering Bags of Hope

Delivering Bags of Hope is a food distribution event that provides 2 weeks worth of groceries for 350 of SDJ's neediest families over the winter break when school is not in session (when children cannot rely on school meals) and for 50 Janesville senior citizens.
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This distribution event takes place every December where close to 250 volunteers sort, bag, and deliver groceries to receiving families. We partner with Festival Foods, Kwik Trip, and Seneca Foods to provide grocery items, and Dollar General to provide toiletry items and a warehouse facility for the bagging event to take place. Our community partners are truly amazing!

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Bags of Hope 2020 looked a bit different than in years past due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To accommodate social distancing guidelines, in lieu of packing and delivering groceries, families were provided with grocery store gift cards. This proved to be a successful pivot, but we hope to continue the distribution event in-person for the year 2021 with the packing and delivery of groceries.

Unfortunately, the economic challenges faced by the Janesville community have only been exacerbated by the repercussions of the pandemic. The sad reality is that more and more SDJ families struggle to make ends meet. We now observe poverty levels near 50% for families in the School District of Janesville, unemployment rates have increased, and achievement gaps have widened. These unprecedented challenges make our efforts to feed families more important than ever before. 
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Delivering Bags of Hope not only provides necessary nutrition to children who need it, but also gives hope to families over the holiday season. Having food on the table means one less worry and gives families the freedom to enjoy the holidays and their time together.

We appreciate your continued support! "Together" we can make a difference! 
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