At the beginning of every school year the Upper Sand Mountain Parish contacts the Elementary Schools on Sand Mountain and asks for the number of students they will have during this school year that might not have a consistent source of food at home over the weekends.
Upper Sand mountain Parish Executive Director Rev. James “Woody” Woodin says, “The response from school administrators has been very positive in their willingness to help us serve their students and the need for such help continues to increase.”
For the current 2015-2016 school year, the Upper Sand Mountain is providing 1086 meals per month to meet the current needs.
A team of volunteers gather the first Tuesday evening of every month to pack out the Manna on the Mountain for that entire month. The packed meals are stored in banana boxes in specially made cabinets. Each Friday volunteers pick up the meals and deliver them to the schools. The schools then ensure the children leave that afternoon with the meals that they can enjoy over the weekend.