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Food Pantry

Latest Update

ARE WE OPEN? ✅YES!

We will be open every other Tuesday from 12pm until 1:30pm (see specifics in recent updates below). It will be limited service with drive-thru and pre-packed bags of groceries. We will be following guidelines and will be wearing gloves and masks as we serve our guests.


The Food Pantry will be open on the following dates:

February 2

February 16

March 2

March 16

March 30

April 13

April 27

May 11

May 25

June 8

June 22



You can get in contact with Care Ministries/Food Pantry at care@gayton.church or call 804-476-0632


An additional resource is Feedmore 804-521-2500


RECENT FOOD PANTRY UPDATE

Packets of hats and gloves from Kids Ministry

January 19

January is proving to be a busy month for us. We served 26 families, including deliveries, Connor's Heroes families and a few from a new partner, Better2gether RVA. Our deliveries are continuing to increase engaging 3 volunteers dedicated to this piece of our ministry. 


Thank you to our Kids Ministry for collecting hats and gloves for each family member. We feel the love from our Kids Min leadership and families. 


We are excited to announce a new partnership with Better2gether RVA. Better2gether is a nonprofit organization supporting children with rare and complex medical illnesses. As with Connor's Heroes, these families are faced with unanticipated challenges and needs. Gayton Care Ministries is beginning to deliver food to 4 families in the Richmond area. There is another opportunity to help this group with $25 Walmart gift cards to support Rare Disease Month. The Better2gether team distributes these on an as needed basis. (These can be placed in the Care bin in the church office.)


Meal kits are now part of a family's biweekly food bags. Thanks to Angela Agee for the organization and preparation of these kits. Each family receives a bag complete with all ingredients to make a meal. This week we highlighted Taco Soup and a Chicken & Stuffing casserole. Feedback has been great and reduces the stress of what's for dinner one night. Our meal next time is Goulash. If you'd like to donate ingredients for a meal, see below.


Quick update on Carver - Kid bags will begin again next week since pausing for winter break. Grocery bags will resume likely in February. Sarah Beasley is the main point of contact for Carver.


Most needed items:

  • PAPER BAGS (we depleted our supply with the holiday openings)
  • Goulash bags - macaroni pasta, cans of tomatoes and tomato sauce
  • Any non-perishable items

As you can see, we've been quite busy the past few weeks. If you come across an organization you think we can help, please pass it on. We'd love to reach out and see if a partnership is possible. 


Thanks as always for your support of Care Ministries! Our goal and passion is to serve those in need in our community. 


Carolyn, Mike and Amy

January 5, 2021

We started off 2021 strong with many good things to report. First, we helped 26 families either in person or via delivery. We engaged seven volunteers. The trend of more deliveries continues as our environment is ever-changing. Our new "minister on call" is very popular. This gives our guests an opportunity to pray with a member of Gayton's staff about specific needs. Valuable relationships are being formed.


Donations have certainly not stopped with the New Year. We received a significant donation of hams from Honey Baked Hams this week. The donation covered our meat allotment Tuesday. And our Gayton elves continue. 


Our lead team is working on new opportunities for Care Ministries to support our community. Stay tuned for updates and ways you may be able to help. 


Current food needs:

Pasta sauce

Baking mixes

Crackers

Peanut butter and Jelly

Perishables (if near next opening)


Drop off donations in the black bin outside the gym doors. If you drop off perishables, please let one of us know so we can make sure there is no damage to the items.


We are excited for the start of 2021 and the opportunities ahead to truly help those in need. 


In closing take a moment to read a note we received from one of our guests. This says it all. 


Holy Spirit at Work in daily life


Dear Carolyn, Amy, Mike, Marcia, Angela, Giles, Becky, and many others... 


CARE -ing for people and Touching the core of the one's heart.


Knowing someone by what they eat is only the family members and a few good friends. You all did an amazing job at the Christmas drive-thru pantry. My neatly wrapped gift was so precious that it touched the core of my heart.


Having someone to pray with was a touching moment. Moreover being there to greet and welcome like a family was so special.


I had a meeting with my Professor at noon that day. However, I was compelled through the love of Christ by Person A a text to be there.


After finishing the pickup, I kept thinking that I should have taken a group photo with you all. Finally, when I went back home, I found the beautiful group photo greeting inside the envelope.

And much more. Thank you for doing this ministry and touching lives & hearts in amazing ways. God bless you and your families~!



Carolyn, Mike and Amy

December 15, 2020

Our year finished off with a BANG! Day 3 of 3 is complete. The day was full of spreading Christmas cheer and filling all of our hearts with joy.  Food was provided to roughly 30 families including 4 Connor's Heroes families. Our number of deliveries continues to increase each week and we continue to see new faces. Each family received their normal bags of food, produce and paper products plus a ham or turkey and a poinsettia courtesy of the Sojourners Sunday school class. And Giles was our prayer warrior of the day. 


The generosity of Gayton Church and our community is second to none. The debut of our Angel Trees was a huge success. We blessed 25 plus Care Ministries families and 10 HomeAgain individuals. In addition, two Care Ministry and two Connor's Heroes families were showered with Christmas food and gifts for their entire family. The overwhelming feeling of joy from our team to share these gifts was incredible. 


Here's the reaction of one of our guests "I can't believe what you guys did. This is just unbelievable, the coat....it's beautiful...I just don't know what to say." Our guest's reaction says it all. This is what it's all about.


Our relationship with Carver continues to grow from just providing "kid" bags to food and paper products monthly. 30 bags of food and paper products were delivered to Carver Elementary. This is another extension of Care Ministries. 


Short Pump Rotary continues to contribute large volumes of canned vegetables, fruit, pasta, pasta sauce, etc.... This is a great new partnership developed during this pandemic. We look forward to working with them in the future. 


Tuesday was most definitely a GOD day. Each and every one of us was blessed and humbled to be able to serve. Love between our guests and volunteers could be seen. While this year has been one for the record books, we did everything, we could for our families to have a very Merry Christmas! 


Our first opening in 2021 is January 5. Any special requests till then will be handled individually. 


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Carolyn, Mike and Amy

December 8, 2020


Last Tuesday was day 2 of our 3 consecutive weeks of supporting our families. The past weeks we've seen a few faces from the past. Deliveries continue to increase. 


We continued the blessing of our families this Christmas season with Happy Birthday Jesus bags thanks to our Kids and Youth ministries. Each bag contains a cake mix, icing and decorations for families to bake a cake together and share in the birth of Jesus. This is a first for us and we can't wait to see some of the family celebrations. 


We're are thrilled to say all angels from the Angel Tree have been adopted. Gifts are pouring in. All gifts should be returned to either tree at the close of services this Sunday. This coming Tuesday will be a true unexpected blessing to so many and we THANK YOU for your generosity. 


This coming Tuesday will be our busiest of the year next to Thanksgiving. Families will not only receive the regular food but special Christmas items, Angel Tree gifts and a few other surprises. Our entire team feels very blessed and humbled to show our love for each family. In addition, Carver Elementary families will receive "kid bags" and groceries. 


The generosity from our community is second to none. There is not a day that goes by without donations in one of the grocery carts. We met with the Short Pump Rotary via Zoom to show what Care Ministries is all about. We had an opportunity to show our team in action. Short Pump Rotary has contributed significant amounts of food to us. This is a great partnership formed that we hope to continue in the future. 


Most needed items are:

Canned fruits

Soups

Pasta sauce and pasta

Cereal and oats


All donations can be dropped off in any of the grocery carts or in the black bin outside the gym doors. 


This coming Tuesday will be the best of all. Thank you to each and every one for your contributions and prayers for Care Ministries. Sharing in this Christmas season with each family is a true honor for our entire team. 


Mike, Amy and Carolyn

December 1, 2020


December kicked off with a boom! We helped over 30 families with food and the first of many surprises provided by our Gayton church family. Our trial run of "minister on call" looks like a keeper. Each family is given an opportunity to share in prayer with a member of our ministerial staff. The response has been fantastic. 


Visit one of our Angel Trees, located in the upstairs lobby and Nexus entrance, to adopt either a Care Ministries family member or someone with HomeAgain ministries. This is a chance for us to help out those less fortunate in our community. All gifts should be returned unwrapped to one of the trees by close of service Sunday, December 13. 


Our reach in the community continues to expand. With the addition of Connors Heroes this year, Carver Elementary receives monthly grocery bags and we've started working with a men's homeless shelter.  A few new volunteers have started the past few openings. Everything our ministry does couldn't be done without our volunteers. So much occurs outside of our openings. All efforts are sincerely appreciated. 


Most needed items are:

Canned fruits

Soups

Pasta sauce and pasta

Cereal and oats


All donations can be dropped off in any of the grocery carts or in the black bin outside the gym doors. 


We are open three weeks in a row for Christmas. This is to help give our families just a little extra during this time of year where we celebrate our Savior's birth. 


Carolyn, Mike and Amy



Tuesday, NOV. 17, 2020


Our Thanksgiving opening this week was nothing short of AWESOME! The windy, cool weather didn't hold back our families or volunteers.  


Just to give you an idea of our guests' experience for Tuesday...

They were welcomed by a team of volunteers, received 2 bags of food and paper products, a bag of items to prepare a Thanksgiving meal, prayer time, and a TURKEY or HAM! 


Here are the highlights:

  • Gayton elves and Innsbrook Rotary stocked our pantry throughout the month. Carts would fill up faster than we could empty. Donations definitely hit an all-time record!​
  • ​Kroger donated $250 towards the purchase of turkeys! 
  • High school students from Glen Allen High School packed 210 bags of food and paper products for our Pantry and Carver Elementary Thanksgiving openings. 
  • Eleven volunteers welcomed our guests.
  • Butterflies for Smiles (a group of children using their talents to make people smile) donated handmade butterflies for each family. A smile was seen when delivered 😀 
  • Special thanks to Hillary Billingsley for spearheading the food drive with Gayton Kids and Agape, Space and Quest. Any family with children received devotional packets from our Kids Ministry as well.  
  • A first for our pantry was the offering of PRAYER for each family by one of our ministerial staff.  Thank you to Jeff Lindquist for praying with each family wanting prayer. Timing of this prayer offering couldn't have been more perfect for two of our families currently enduring difficult life challenges.  Janet Latteer jumped in when the lines backed up.  This was the most impactful and memorable highlight of the day. ​
  • Our partnership with Carver Elementary continues as each family received 3 bags of food and paper products with one being items for a Thanksgiving dinner.  


You can probably sense our excitement as our day was AWESOME! We all felt completely blessed.   


We now shift our efforts to the Christmas season. Here are a few ways to help us make this season very merry for our families:

  • Opening December 1, 8 and 15.
  • Food donations - any canned vegetable, fruit, soup, meat and pasta sauce. Carts are both upstairs and downstairs. 
  • Another first are Angel Trees. We've created angels for many of our families as well as HomeAgain Ministries to be adopted by Gayton. Trees will be located near the upstairs main entrance and downstairs at the Gym entrance. All gifts to be returned by December 13. 
  • We have a few additional things in store for the month. Stay tuned....


CARE MINISTRIES ANGEL TREES:

Another first are Angel Trees. We've created angels for many of our families as well as HomeAgain Ministries to be adopted by Gayton. Trees will be located near the upstairs main entrance and downstairs at the Gym entrance. All gifts to be returned by December 13. 



MOST NEEDED ITEMS:

  • Canned vegetables and fruit
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Meat
  • Pasta Sauce


If you want to join in the fun and bless others, contact Mike Barber, Carolyn Miller, or Amy Cormier at care@gayton.church . 

-Mike, Amy and Carolyn


Visit the Care Ministries page to access contact info and other details...


Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020


The rain and wind stopped, and the sun came out as preparations were underway to distribute Carver weekend bags and bags of food and paper products. Last year 14 children were receiving weekly bags, this year the number has grown close to 30 children and the number continues to grow. We are blessed to help this many families! 


Our next opening and Thanksgiving blessing will be Tuesday, November 17. We are closed Election Day. 


UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • We will be closed Election Day (Nov 3) due to Gayton Church being a voting location
  • Thanksgiving Blessings Tuesday, November 17
  • Begin preparations for Christmas (opening Dec 1, 8 and 15)


MOST NEEDED ITEMS:

  • Canned vegetables and fruit
  • Stuffing and Box Mashed Potatoes
  • Canned Yams
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Cereal 


We sincerely thank everyone!

-Mike, Amy and Carolyn


Visit the Care Ministries page to access contact info and other details...


Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020


It's a true blessing to see how our pantry and church help those in need. We have a lot to be thankful for this past couple of weeks:


  • Kroger donated gift cards for the purchase of Thanksgiving turkeys
  • Our very own Kids' Ministry is hosting a Thanksgiving food drive
  • Clay Tompkins' donation of eggs
  • Return of a past volunteer
  • Outpouring of donations for both the food pantry and Carver families
  • We hosted 29 families this week with 4 deliveries, 4 Connors Heroes and 1 new family.  


PRAYER/PRAISE REQUESTS

  • One of our volunteer families whose daughter is facing a very serious medical condition and has a newborn baby. Their daughter lives out of state where they are with her. Please pray for strength and healing for the family and wisdom for the medical team treating her. 
  • Pray for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays as we prepare for the celebration of each with our families. 
  • Praise for the overwhelming support of our ministry from our community. 


UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • We will be closed Election Day (Nov 3) due to Gayton Church being a voting location
  • Carver Food Drive Thursday, October 29
  • Thanksgiving Blessings Tuesday, November 17
  • Begin preparations for Christmas (opening Dec 1, 8 and 15)


  • MOST NEEDED ITEMS:
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Thanksgiving items (sweet potatoes, mashed potato mix, stuffing, cranberry sauce)


We sincerely thank everyone!

-Mike, Amy and Carolyn


Visit the Care Ministries page to access contact info and other details...