FEEDING OUR KIDS (April 2)
The Continental community has always stepped up to assist those in need. For the last few years, we have had a
program at Continental Local School called Packs for Pirates. A group from the Continental community got
together and developed this program to make sure students in need had food over the weekends.
We will continue to use Packs for Pirates and the Continental Local Schools cafeteria to support these students
over the next few weeks.
WHAT HAS BEEN DONE:
Thursday, March 12th – 65 packs of food went home with students who are signed up with Pack for Pirates.
Tuesday, March 17th – Packs for Pirates sent home 67 packs of food along with vouchers to purchase food at R&B
Meats in Continental. These vouchers allowed for one pound of ground beef, two pounds of lunch meat, hot dogs,
and other foods to be purchased. Students picked up their packs during an open house at the school on the 17th.
There was enough food in these packs to last at least two weeks, maybe more.
On Monday, March 30th – Packet for Pirates in conjunction with our school cafeteria sent food to over 40 homes
delivering over 75 bags of food. Our hope is for this food to be able to last a family at least 2 weeks if not longer.
WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING IN OUR FUTURE: (UPDATED, PLEASE READ)
On Tuesday, April 28th, the Circle of Friends Food Pantry, located at 300 North Main Street, Continental, Ohio,
will be open from 6PM to 7PM. The pantry will have PRE-BOXED food and will deliver it to YOUR CAR. Please
call ahead if you are not currently on the list to receive food from the Circle of Friends Pantry. You can call
Shelly Kosch at 419-969-4194 or Pastor Chuck Schmunk at 419-438-0903 with questions or assistance.
On Wednesday, April 15th the Continental Local School will be making deliveries from the Packs for Pirates
group. The packs delivered on the 15th will be another two weeks worth of food. From 2PM to 3PM we will be
bringing a bus or school van around to the homes of those students currently on this list to receive food. If you did
not receive food on March 30th and are in need of support or If you would prefer to pick up your packs or if
you are not on the list but feel it would be helpful for you and your family to receive this type of assistance,
please call the school at 419-596-3860, leave a message and we will get back to you. After April 15th, we will
wait to see what we are being told by Governor DeWine and will adjust our program accordingly.
HOW CAN I HELP?
First, thank you to everyone who has made donations over the past 2 weeks to help support both the Packs
for Pirates and the Circle of Friends Food Pantry. These donations are put to good use. Unfortunately, this
need is growing rather than shrinking. If you are able, please reach out to see how you may help. Thank
The Packs for Pirates and Circle of Friends Food Pantry are always looking for donations and financial support.
Canned foods, soups, and boxed pasta meals are always needed. Individually boxed cereals, snack bars, snack
cups etc. are also helpful. If you would like to assist with the purchase of perishable items, financial donations are
always accepted. Checks can be made out to Packs for Pirates or Circle of Friends Food Pantry. Checks can be
mailed to Continental United Methodist Church, PO Box 356, Continental, Ohio 45831 or call Pastor Chuck
Schmunk at 419-438-0903.
Yours in Education,
Danny F. Kissell