Everyone at Princeton Buddy Bags would like to thank all of the businesses, organizations, volunteers, donors, and organizers for helping make the 2015-2016 school year a little better and brighter for kids at risk in the area. Pat yourselves on the back - it couldn't have been done without all of you!
Buddy Bags hold their meetings the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in the basement at Hampshire Colony Congregational Church. Please come and see what this program is about and how you can help. You can also help by donating food or a monthly donation of $25.00 that will sponsor a child for a month. We are anticipating helping approximately 100 students this year from Princeton Elementary, Princeton High, Malden Grade School, St. Louis Academy and Princeton Christian Academy. Let's keep kids from being hungry this school year.
Princeton Buddy Bags will be hosting Lunch in the Park (Soldiers and Sailors Park) on Friday, July 3rd from 11-1. We will be grilling hotdogs and porkchops. You can see everything available on our flyer at https://sites.google.com/site/buddybagsprincetonil/documents/Buddy%20Bags%20Cookout%20August.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1
Would you like to place an order ahead of time and have it delivered? If so, e-mail it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org before 5:00 pm on Thursday, July 31st. Let us know what you want and it will be delivered on Friday (Princeton only).
Princeton Buddy Bags is holding a back to school drawdown on Saturday, August, 8th at the Princeton Elks Lodge (1105 E Peru St Princeton, IL). Tickets are $40.00 each, doors open at 5:00 p.m, and dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. There are a variety of prizes and your support will benefit the Princeton Buddy Bags program. We are a not-for-profit ecumenical organization working to address childhood hunger. Please download our poster at https://sites.google.com/site/buddybagsprincetonil/documents/Buddy%20Bags%20DrawDown%20August.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1
or contact Mark Frank at 815-325-3590 to buy tickets .
We could use help for both of our fundraisers in August. The first on Friday, August 1 is Buddy Bags Lunch in the Park. The second is a Back to School Drawdown on Saturday, August 16 at the Elks Lodge. You can find flyers for both events
Specific things that you can help us with at this time are: volunteering to deliver Lunch in the Park meals, selling tickets for the drawdown, saving Pringles cans.
We are still in need of help for our Car Cruise on Sunday, May 4 at the Princeton High School. There are tasks for all abilities and ages. You can find a list of the jobs and time slots at www.princetonbuddybags.org/documents. Look under 2014 Fundraisers. We appreciate everyone that works to make the Princeton Buddy Bags a success.
Our updated Buddy Bags brochure can be found online
The Buddy Bags fudge sale was a big success! Thank you to all who sold fudge and/or bought fudge.
We have a number of activities and events planned for Spring and Summer, so keep an eye open for new news.
The Bureau Valley Buddy Bag program was able to collect over 700 items for their program. We are hoping that the Princeton Elementary program can best that number. As an incentive, we will donate to the playground fund if you can get over 700 items. Food will be collected beginning April 28-May 2. A list of approved items is below. You also can also see the list on our flyer here
Needed Food Items Must be Individual Servings and Prepackaged
Canned meats, soups, and pasta (with pop tops):
Microwave Soups (including Ramen Noodles and Ramen Cups, etc.)
Pasta Cups (including Microwavable Mac N’ Cheese, Chef Boyardee, Spaghetti, Ravioli, etc.)
Vienna Sausages, Beanie Weenies, and Baked Beans
Chicken and Tuna Salad Kits, individually sealed with crackers
Fruits and juices:
Cups of applesauce, Fruit cups, 100% juice boxes (not pouches), etc.
Small boxed cereal, Breakfast bars and/or Pop Tarts, Milk boxes (shelf stable), etc.
Snacks (individual sized):
Raisins, Pudding or Jell-O cups, Pretzels and/or goldfish, Cheese crackers, Animal crackers, packaged cookies, etc
Princeton Buddy Bags will have a Car Cruise on Sunday, May 4. Registration begins at 8 a.m. We will also have food and a 50/50 drawing. We need lots of help, as this is on a Sunday, many of our helpers are not available. We have a variety of activities for all skill levels (registration, food, 50/50, baked sale). If you are unable to help, you can still support us by buying food at the show or making something for the baked sale. If you would like one of our flyers, you can download a copy here.