FOOD PANTRY OPENING HIGHLIGHTS
What a beautiful sunny day where we blessed so many and so many of us were blessed. You could feel Easter in the air.
13 volunteers (2 new) helped make sure the day was perfect whether the guest attended in person or received a delivery. In total 117 bags of groceries and paper products plus fresh produce, meat and a few refrigerated items were packed.
We served roughly 63 families this week which includes both deliveries, Recovery House and Carver Elementary. The number of deliveries continue to increase as our partnership with Connor's Heroes and Better2gether expand.
Below are a few of the highlights from the week:
- Berea Baptist Church hosted a sweet potato drop over the weekend, free to the community. We easily received 50 bags with some of the largest potatoes we've seen.
- All children received Easter bags courtesy of the Agee's with an Easter prayer, jelly beans and a pocket size new testament (courtesy of Keith Mouraske). Our deliveries alone have 21 children.
- All youth, elementary through high school, received devotionals prepared by our youth teams.
- Our meal of the week (Chicken and Broccoli casserole) continues to be a hit. This provides families with all the ingredients to serve a hot meal to their family.
- Prayer Warrior Hillary prayed with each family at the conclusion of their visit
Donations are vital to our ever-growing ministry. In the coming months you will see a few different ways you and your family can help support us.
Most needed items:
snack items for children
(All donations can be dropped off in the shopping carts at entrance doors or in the black bin at the gym doors.)
In closing we feel very fortunate to serve our community. Take a look at all the pictures from the week and you can see the joy in everyone's face. It's a great few hours to spend on Tuesday's with so many.
Carolyn, Mike and Amy
March 16, 2021
Our opening this week marked the one-year anniversary of our drive-thru pantry in response to the pandemic. Our goal was for our families to have no disruption of pantry openings during this time. We can say with confidence this never happened due to the overwhelming support of Gayton, our neighbors and local businesses. Within the past year, relationships have been established/enhanced with two non-profits, two local businesses, Carver Elementary and many enhancements all for the better of our families.
So many great things to share this week as we served nearly 30 families in which 12 were community deliveries. We absolutely have the best team of volunteers! You can feel the passion everyone has for this ministry. God knows where to place each of us at the right time.
As many know, Tuesday mornings is shopping at Aldi and we never know when something unexpected might happen. This week, everything was business as usual till we started loading one of our largest trips. A lady approached us asking for food. She appeared to be homeless but not for sure. We told her to take anything she would like, you could see the appreciation. Another Aldi God moment for us.
Honey Baked Ham in Short Pump and Auntie Anne's Pretzels at Short Pump Town Center are partnering with us in food rescue. These are a treat for our families and we can't thank them enough for their support.
Our meal of the week next opening is Chicken and Broccoli casserole. Ingredients needed are listed below in our food needs.
As we've increased our reach in the community, so have our food needs. Our 8 families for the two non-profits total 21children alone. If you would like to donate to our mission of feeding these families, see the list below for most needed items. There are shopping carts throughout the building and a large black bin outside the gym doors. Care Ministries needs your help!
Most needed items:
Peanut butter and Jelly
Breakfast items (cereal and oatmeal)
Canned fruits and vegetables
Rice and cream of mushroom soup (for the meal)
As always feel free to contact us at email@example.com or see one of us with any questions.
Carolyn, Mike and Amy