Piqua Fish & Game
Nonprofit Organization · School
The Piqua Munch Bunch is a non-profit program provides a bag of food to Piqua City School Students in grades kindergarten through 6th grade who are food insecure at home. These kids have little to nothing to eat on the weekends and we are working to bridge that gap. On Wednesday’s we drop of tubs of food to Piqua Central, Washington and Springcreek schools. These bags of food are passed out on Thursday/Friday to those students in need. The bags usually contain something like – Ramen noodles, soup or pasta, granola bars, oatmeal packets, pudding cup, pretzels/chips and fruit snacks. Each school decides which student is in need of a bag and no one in need is ever turned away. A student may receive a bag if a teacher notices them rushing the breakfast/lunch line, ask for seconds, tell the teacher they don't have anything to eat at home or a parent may call in and ask for help. Parents and grandparents have called asking how they can get their kids on the list and we put them in touch with the school counselors – who are my main contact with the schools.
We receive all our funding through donations from community members and business. It cost over $10,000 for one school year and all money received goes directly to purchasing food for the kids. Everyone who helps run the Munch Bunch Program are volunteers. I, Kathy Bramlette, do all the paperwork, contacting schools, contacting parents, running the Facebook page, finding packing volunteers, promoting Munch Bunch and finding the funding for each new school year. Where I work, Classic Metal Roofing Systems here in Piqua, has graciously let us use a little bit of warehouse space to store the food and also pack monthly. Pastor Gary Wagner does all of the week to week shopping and picking up everything that’s been ordered. Richard Shoe is our delivery guy and along with Pastor Wagner gets out and delivers the bags no matter the weather. Both of these gentlemen have been a big blessing to our program as they use their own gas for these trips and put over 300 miles on their trucks each year.
It takes about 20 volunteers to pack a months’ worth of bags, which is inching closer to 900 this year, and we get it done in a little over an hour. We are always looking for volunteers to help pack and spread the word about Munch Bunch. If you or your group would like to help just drop us a line!