Friendship Church


Full Tummy Project

Full Tummy Project is a ministry of Friendship Church designed to address childhood hunger on a local level. This ministry serves over 100 children in the Athens City Schools. We believe that no child should ever go hungry. Yet many children who depend on school provided meals have little or no access to nutritious foods on weekends and during school breaks.

Full Tummy Project provides small bags of food on Fridays for children in our local schools who have been identified by school administrators as at risk for hunger. The food in these weekend meal bags helps these children return to school on Monday ready to learn.

Children served in 2013-2014 school year: 127

Bags distributed: 4,572

 Facts about Childhood Hunger:

  • 50% of students in Athens City Elementary Schools qualify for Free Breakfast-Lunch assistance.
  • 27% of families in Athens have a yearly income of less than $24,999.
  • One in four people in a soup kitchen line is a child.
  • Alabama has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the nation.

Benefits of Weekend Meal Programs:

  • Increased school attendance
  • Improved academic performance
  • Decreased behavior problems
  • Better health and self-esteem
  • Decreased stress and worry
  • Better relationships with other students

How you can help:

  • Donate food items from our wish list
  • Make a monetary donation that can be used to purchase food in bulk or a grocery only gift card to be given to families over school breaks. A gift of $250 will sponsor a child’s participation in Full Tummy Project for an entire year!
  • Attend a Pack and Pray Day
  • Join our delivery team to deliver bags to local schools each week. Contact fulltummyproject@friendshipumc.org for more information.
  • Host a food drive with your group, church, or workplace. Contact fulltummyproject@friendshipumc.org for more information.

Food List

Below is a list of non-perishable food items we are always collecting. All items should be non-perishable, single-serving, and easy for a child to open and prepare.

  • 100% juice box or shelf stable milk
  • breakfast items such as single-serving box of cereal, cereal bar, pop-tart, or instant oatmeal packets
  • packages of peanut butter or cheese crackers
  • cans of ready-to-eat soups, vienna sausages, beanie weenies, ravioli, spaghetti, or stew type meals, or cups of easy mac
  • fruit items such as fruit cups, applesauce cups or boxes of raisins
  • snacks such as teddy grahams, pretzels, fruit gummies, or granola bars

2013/2014 Full Tummy Project Community Partners

Full Tummy Project is a community ministry led by Friendship Church. As a community ministry, we depend upon our Community Partners to impact the lives of children.

Platinum Partners- Provided weekend meal bags for at least one month of the school year to at least one school. 

First United Methodist Church Youth

First Baptist Church

Cub Scout Troop #24

Athens Rotary Club

Athens High School

Gold Partners- sponsored a child’s participation in Full Tummy Project for the school year through a gift of $250 or more. 

Steve and Tonna Hargrove

Verginia Mitchell

Silver Partners- donated $50-$249 to purchase food in bulk for weekend meal bags.

Hobbs Jewelers

Hal and Jeannie Ridley

Robert and Kendra Graham

Barbara Nelson

Jim and Terri Watson

Thomas and Julie Piziali

Three Arts Club

Nathan and Angela Ennis

John and Rebecca Watkins

Mary Lou Smith

Deborah Kulmer

Tonya Brown

First Presbyterian Women’s Ministry

Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Williamson

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Norwood

George and Kathy Kittrell

William and Susan Giguere

David and Carrie Smith

Bronze Partners- hosted a food drive to support Full Tummy Project

Hobbs Jewelers

Pi Beta Sigma Sorority

Mrs. Hogan’s Kindergarteners, Julian Newman Elementary

Thank you to ALL of our 2013-2014 Community Partners! If you would like information on how to become a Community Partner, please contact fulltummyproject@friendshipumc.org. 

You may also give to Full Tummy through our Friendship Church online giving system. Simply indicate Full Tummy in the notes section. Thank you for giving to Full Tummy!

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