Growing the Backpack Initiative

Click here to learn more about how you and your church can be involved in the backpack initiative this year.

The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction (HRPR) has committed to work with KidsFest and TrueCity to see an additional 1000 backpacks provided this Fall for Hamilton children facing the challenge of poverty. They have challenged businesses, city government, and social agencies across the city to provide the resources to purchase and fill these backpacks.

At a recent HRPR forum at Liuna Station, Brian Warren (KidsFest Executive Director) and Dwayne Cline (pastor of Hughson Street Baptist) shared about the history and impact of the backpack initiative and TrueCity role in the midst of it. It was great to see how the Church in Hamilton is beginning to be recognized for the way our congregations are working for the good of our city. Dwayne took the opportunity to articulate the reality of our faith in Christ and how that motivates us to pursue good for everyone.

For nearly a decade KidsFest Canada has been providing 1000 backpacks filled with school supplies to children at the start of the school year who otherwise would not have access to these supplies. With the help of Hamilton churches involved in the TrueCity movement, last year we increased the number of backpacks to 1100. This year with the involvement of the HRPR we could see that nearly double. It is a clear example of the seasoning role churches play in our city. By faithfully giving, packing, and delivering backpacks our churches have influenced key groups across our city.

We trust that this is just a start. Many of the businesses and organizations involved with the HRPR are doing extensive work with people in need–by getting involved we have the opportunity both to influence them and to learn from some of what they are doing as well.