Hand2Hand was organized in 2008 in West Michigan to partner churches with schools to supply nutritious food in backpacks for children at risk of going hungry over the weekend during the school year.  Sparta Church of the Nazarene is partnering with Ridgeview Elementary this fall to provide these weekend backpacks.  These backpacks are delivered to the school every week so that the children can take them home after school on Fridays.  There is a great need right here in our own community.   Today over half of public school students in this country are from low income families.  Over 16 million children in America experience hunger on a daily basis.  The need is great and Hand2Hand has proven to be a simple yet impactful program that puts food directly into the hands of children so that they can learn and have a greater opportunity to excel academically, physically, socially, and emotionally.


How can you help?  


Sponsor a Child:

Although we live in a country that is blessed with food and resources, children are still going hungry.

Hand2Hand seeks to deliver food directly to the student’s hands so they are fed and can learn. Our hope is that the cycle of poverty is broken as they can concentrate, learn, and excel in school. Being fed is necessary for children to reach their full potential.

An amazing benefit of Hand2Hand is that children also experience joy as they are blessed each week with a bag of food to take home for the weekend, knowing that people in their community care.

Hand2Hand is a simple and effective organization that impacts children in a profound way.  Sparta Church of the Nazarene has partnered with Ridgeview Elementary to supply these weekend backpacks of food for lower income families.

Feeding one child for the entire school year on the weekends costs approximately $200. Please consider sponsoring a child and joining us as we provide hope, food and prayers for our Sparta community children.

Together WE can make a difference.              

To Sponsor a Child: Click Here


Please make checks payable to:  
Sparta Church of the Nazarene

      (Note: Hand2Hand must be written in the Memo of all checks)

Mail to:  
Sparta Church of the Nazarene, Hand2Hand Program,
665 13 Mile Road, NW, Sparta, MI  49345


We will email you the first name of the child(ren) you are sponsoring so you can pray for them by name.

100% of donations will go toward the children.  Donations are tax deductible.


Thank you so much for donating.
We are so grateful for your support because a hungry child hurts.


Donate Food:

Lists of food items are listed below. These items can be dropped off at the church office  (located at 665 13-Mile Road, NW) Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or during worship service times on Sunday mornings 9:15 - 12:00 or Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30.  

The Sparta Carnegie Township Library (located at 80 N. Union Street) has also offered to be a drop off location for donations during operating hours:  Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; or Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Monetary donations to purchase food are also welcome either by drop-off or mailed directly to Sparta Nazarene. 100% of donations will be used to purchase the food to go in the backpacks.  Please join us in feeding our community children at risk, because a hungry child hurts.  This is a solvable problem.

30 Pantry Staples/Suggestions/and Ideas-


Cereal (individual sizes)

Oatmeal Packets

Poptarts (one sleeve from a box)

Pancake Mix (needing only water)


Cereal Bars



Canned Fruit

Mixed Fruit Cups

Applesauce Cups

Canned Vegetables



Peaunut Butter

Jelly (no glass jars)

Mac n Cheese

Soup (any kind- no cream soups)

Cans of Spaghetti O's or Ravioli's

Boxed Potatoes

Boxed Rice Mixes

Box of Pasta/Spaghetti

Can of Pasta/Spaghetti Sauce

Tuna/Chicken Helper

Cans of Chicken or Tuna



Fruit Snacks

Pudding Cups

Granola Bars

Individual size bags of cookies and crackers etc.

Rice Krispy Treats

Microwave Popcorn packet

Trail Mix packets

Peanut butter and/or cheese cracker packets


Also, Donate Hygiene Pantry Items:

During Fall 2019, we have extended our Hand2Hand ministry to Sparta Middle School and Sparta High School with onsite pantries at each school stocked with food and hygiene items for students who qualify for Hand2Hand assistance.  

Lists of needed items are listed below. These items can be dropped off at the church office  or at The Sparta Carnegie Township Library.


Soap or Body Wash



Sanitary Napkins/Pads







Single wrapped rolls of toilet paper

Pocket size Kleenex packs

Small bottles of laundry detergent and fabric softener