Every month from April to November, Elk Mountain Trails will be collecting donations for area non-profit, community based organizations.  We are hoping that our customers will share in the spirit of giving.  Each months organizations and needs are as follows:

APRIL  & SEPTEMBER DONATIONS WILL BENEFIT MICAH'S BACKPACK.  WE ASK THAT CUSTOMERS SCHEDULED TO RIDE WITH US FOR THE MONTHS OF APRIL OR SEPTEMBER, PLEASE BRING ITEMS FROM THIS ORGANIZATIONS "CURRENT NEEDS" LIST, PROVIDED BELOW.  

Micah’s Backpack Program—A partnership between Washington County Public Schools, the Faith community and Community organizations providing backpacks to feed hungry students over the weekend 

Micah’s Backpack program follows a model established in Blacksburg, VA.  The program is designed to feed hungry students through a partnership between each elementary school and one or more churches/organizations in its community.  Brought to Washington County by Trinity Lutheran Church in 2010, the program now serves over 700 students in 28 elementary schools and involves partnerships with more than 40 churches and community organizations.  Over 10,000 students in Washington County Public Schools receive free or reduced lunches and for many this lunch will be the last hot meal of the day.  Children are especially hungry over the weekend when school is not in session.  

For additional information, please visit www.southcountyfoodpantry.org/michas-backpack/   

Food Needs:

The Micah’s Backpack program is in need of the following items.   Note:  We have plenty of pudding cups on hand – enough to supply into next year.  No more pudding cups needed at this time.

MICAH’S BACKPACK FOOD ITEMS

  • Oatmeal packs
  • Hot chocolate packs
  • Granola bars
  • YooHoo drinks or single mixes
  • Pretzels, individually packaged
  • Raisins
  • Applesauce cups
  • Jell-O cups
  • Veggies: individual 8.5 oz cans of corn, green beans, peas, or carrots (can also be purchased in clear individual cups)
  • Tuna, 7 oz can
  • Chicken salad kits ($1@ Dollar General)
  • Tuna salad kits ($1@ Dollar General)
  • Any canned pasta in 15 oz cans
  • Any pasta cups 7.5 oz microwavable
  • Macaroni & cheese in any form (Kraft Easy Mac, microwavable cups, canned)
  • Cup of noodles
  • Ramen noodles
  • Chicken noodle/pasta soup 10 ¾ can
  • Tomato soup 10 ¾ can
  • Vegetable soup 10 ¾ can
  • Beef noodle soup 10 ¾ can
  • Jiff peanut butter to-go cups
  • Rice Krispie treats or similar item
  • Sandwich cookies
  • Sandwich crackers (peanut butter, cheese, etc.)
  • Animal cracker packs
  • Cheese or peanut butter and breadsticks
  • Fruit snacks
  • Popcorn, microwavable

 

MAY  & AUGUST DONATIONS WILL BENEFIT WASHINGTON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY.  WE ASK THAT CUSTOMERS SCHEDULED TO RIDE WITH US FOR THE MONTHS OF MAY OR AUGUST, PLEASE BRING ITEMS LISTED BELOW. 

 

May - Needs are greatest for cats and kittens

Cat & kitten food, Yesterday's News clay litter, cat toys, cat scratching posts, paper towels, rubber gloves, bleach, 30 gallon trash bags

August - Needs are greatest for dogs (especially toys)

Adult and puppy food, frisbees, stuffed animals, kongs (all sizes), paper towels, rubber gloves, bleach, 30 gallon trash bags

For additional information please visit www.hswcmd.org

 

JUNE  & OCTOBER DONATIONS WILL BENEFIT VELOCITY OF BOOKS.  WE ASK THAT CUSTOMERS SCHEDULED TO RIDE WITH US FOR THE MONTHS OF JUNE OR OCTOBER, PLEASE BRING NEW OR GENTLY USED BOOKS.  CHILDRENS BOOKS ARE NEEDED MOST, BUT ANY BOOKS WILL BE APPRECIATED.

 

For additional information on Velocity of Books, please visit www.velocityofbooks.org

 

JULY  & NOVEMBER DONATIONS WILL BENEFIT MARYLAND FOOD BANK.  WE ASK THAT CUSTOMERS SCHEDULED TO RIDE WITH US FOR THE MONTHS OF JULY OR NOVEMBER, PLEASE BRING ITEMS FROM THIS ORGANIZATIONS  MOST NEEDED ITEMS LIST, PROVIDED BELOW .

 

Canned protein: tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter, beans

Pasta & Rice: brown & white rice, macaroni & cheese, pasta

Canned vegetable:  low sodium, no salt added

Fruits & Juices: in light syrup or its own juice, fruit cocktail, apple sauce, fruit boxes

Breakfast: cereal, oatmeal, quick oats, granola/cereal bars

Soups & Stews: low sodium, beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, vegetable, turkey & rice

Dairy:  Shelf stable milk, evaporated milk, infant formula

 

For additional information on Maryland Food Bank, please visit www.mdfoodbank.org