COVINGTON, Ga. - More than $10,000 will fund SuperPacks and provide more than 15,000 meals for students in Newton County after a successful Dine Out Do Good fundraising event by Action Ministries last month.
Together, 19 restaurants in Newton County donated 10 percent of their proceeds on Thursday, Nov. 2 to raise $10,137.
Participating restaurants included Amici’s, Blimpie’s, Bradley’s BBQ, Bread & Butter Bakery, Buddy’s BBQ, Butcher Block Deli, Chick-fil-A, Frank’s Restaurant, Irish Bred Pub, Jersey Mike’s, Jimmy John’s, Mamie’s Kitchen Biscuits, Plain Nuts, Quik Chick, Stalvey’s, Walden’s, Where There’s Smoke BBQ, Your Pie and three Zaxby’s locations. . In Rockdale, five restaurants participated including: Amici’s, Blimpie’s, Bradley’s BBQ, Mellow Mushroom and one Zaxby’s. Sponsors included: Dr. & Mrs. Bradley Jacoby, Snapping Shoals EMC’s Unclaimed Capital Credits and Element Funding.
In total, $11,281.19 was raised. The money raised in Rockdale County will stay in Rockdale County and the money raised in Newton County will stay in Newton County.
Action Ministries Regional Director Tamara Richardson said the funds will support 2,820 SuperPacks, which makes at least six meals to total 16,920 meals.
"Each SuperPack is filled with two breakfasts, four protein entrees and two fruits or vegetables," Richardson told The Covington News. "Volunteers deliver them to participating schools each Thursday or Friday and in coordination with the school counselors at each participating school, the Packs are discreetly placed in the students’ backpacks. We also provide extra SuperPacks for the students on the weeks that they are out of school."
Richardson said $160 sponsors one child with a SuperPack for an entire year at a cost of $4 a week for 40 weeks in a school year. A total of 16 Newton County schools are participating in the program this school year.
“On behalf of the over 220 children who receive a weekly SuperPack in Newton County each week, thank you so very much to our restaurant partners and to all who dined out on Nov. 2,” Richardson said. “Together we are all working to end child hunger.”
In 2015 Action Ministries raised $7,800 in the Dine Out Do Good event, which supported 2,600 SuperPacks for Newton County school-aged children who struggle with weekend hunger.
In 2016 several Rockdale restaurants and sponsors were added to raise $14,800 which provided 3,700 SuperPacks – resulting in 22,200 meals for Newton and Rockdale students.
Interested donors can visit www.actionministries.net to make a donation – earmarking the donations for the Piedmont Region – or call the Action Ministries office at 678-280-4161.