Coppell Cares, a ministry of FUMC Coppell, helps families and individuals in our community who have needs driven by financial challenges. We uncover needs through our school and community connections and provide adhoc, short-term assistance as well as serve as a resource to direct people to other organizations that provide long-term solutions. We have three teams:

• The School Care Team works with school leaders to help identify children in Coppell schools who need help with food at home, healthy snacks at school or on weekends, activity fees, school supplies, clothing, sport/band needs, etc.

• The Community Care Team works with city leaders and local organizations to help identify households in Coppell (seniors, single parents, families with/without children) who are in need of short-term support.

• The Resource Team coordinates volunteers to support the resource needs identified by the above teams. These may include construction/repairs, career counseling/job coaching, tutoring, tax preparation, sewing/quilting, computers, cooking, CHIP/Children’s Medicaid, occasional childcare, and financial classes. The Resource Team will also make connections with other local organizations that can provide long-term assistance.

Current Needs

Volunteers on the Resource Team to help with lawn mowing, small repairs, and transportation.

Snacks Needed for School Students

Many students in the Coppell School District don’t have the resources to bring snacks to school. Coppell Cares collects snacks for students during the school year. Please leave snacks in the bin marked “Coppell Cares” in Wesley Hall. Contact Brenda Olson at bbolson86@msn.com.

Important Note: Due to continual changes in manufacturer packaging, please read the ingredient label of all snacks (including those on this list) to ensure that it does not contain any of the following: peanuts/nuts, peanut/nut butter, peanut oil, peanut/nut flour, peanut/nut meal, or any variety of the statements “contains peanuts,” “may contain traces of peanuts/nuts,” or “manufactured in a facility or on equipment that also processes peanuts (an/or other nuts).”

Fresh Fruit/Veggies
raisins, craisins, fruit snacks (Betty Crocker Brand, Target, Annie’s Organic or Meijer Brand only) NOT KELLOGG

Pretzels, Chips, Crackers, Etc.
popchips, skinny pop popcorn, Smartfood popcorn, veggie sticks, Quaker rice snacks, Roy Gold pretzels, goldfish (pretzel kind), cheetos, pirate’s booty, goldfish, triscuits, wheat thins, saltines, ritz crackers, Barnum’s animal crackers, cheez-its, Annie’s organic snacks, fritos, sun chips (original, sour cream, cheddar), tostitos

Bars
nutri-grain bars (apple, cherry, raspberry blueberry), pop tarts

Treats
Nabisco graham crackers, Nabisco honey maid graham crackers, Teddy Grahams (cinnamon, honey, chocolate, chocolatey chip, mini flavors), Chips ahoy, Oreos, Rice Crispy Treats, Vanilla wafers

 

Weekend Backpack Program
The goal of the Coppell Cares Weekend Backpack Program is to help eliminate food insecurity for the children who attend CISD schools. This program, under the Coppell Cares umbrella, provides nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack items to eligible CISD children (and siblings) to feed these children over the weekend during the school year when they are not receiving meals at school. Kids in Mission pack the weekend backpack items and then adult volunteers deliver bins of the bags to each participating CISD school who distribute the bag to each child to take home on Fridays. Items needed are listed below. Please leave on the metal shelf in Wesley Hall.
  • Individually packaged peanut butter crackers
  • 100% fruit snacks or rollups (minimal sugar added)
  • No sugar added individual applesauce or fruit Cups
  • Individual serving oatmeal packets
  • 100% juice boxes (no sugar added)
  • Boxed or individual serving macaroni & cheese
  • Single serving cheez-its or pretzels
  • Single serving trail mix
  • Single serving raisins
  • Single serving microwave popcorn
  • Low sugar protein, granola or cereal bars
  • 5 oz cans of tuna
  • 10 oz cans of soup

 

Church Contact:  Martha Hagan-Smith: mhagan@fumccoppell.org

Watch how Coppell Cares helps a high school student in need.