Immanuel Baptist Church members raised and donated $24,000 to the backpack programs in Wilson County and Lebanon schools.
The donation was made Sunday during morning services. Beth Petty and Neika Adsmond with the Lebanon Special School District Family Resource Center and Denise McMillan with Wilson County Early Childhood and Family Resources were on hand to accept the donation, which will be split between the two agencies.
The backpack programs exists and helps local school systems because some children who receive free or reduced lunch may not get enough food on the weekends and during summer months.
The backpack programs allow school officials to put enough food in a sack for a child and any siblings in the family younger than 14 for the weekends. One child can be fed for $150 for a school year.
Church officials said the donation will feed 180 children for a year. The money raised exceeded the church’s $22,000 goal.