Feeding Hungry Children
When the school playground is empty because the children have gone home for the weekend, many do not have anything to eat until they return. We provide food that will help them get through those days without meals.
The congregation of First United Methodist Church provides food and hard work toward this necessary ministry. We are presently providing weekend food to 153 children at four local schools. These children have been identified by school personnel as high-risk of food insecurity.
Since beginning this ministry several years ago, other churches have visited and observed our process and began ministries of their own to cover other area schools. We are so excited to see God moving in this way so that all children are reached. If you are interested in learning how your congregation can help, please contact the church office who will put you into contact with one of our ministry leaders.
We can always use help with food pickup, the preparation (counting and arranging on tables), packaging, and delivery to the schools. Most of the food prep and packing is accomplished once each month on a selected Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Food delivery is made by two teams once each week. Contact the church office if you would like to help.
Below is a partial list of items that are provided to these children. If you would like to help with food supplies, you can take this list with you when going to the grocery store. These items have been selected because of the nutritional value, the ease in which a child can open and prepare them, and the cost-effectiveness of each item.
Grocery List for “Feeding Hungry Children” Project
Juice boxes (100% juice) [Minute Maid or Juicy Juice]
Betty Crocker Fruit Roll-ups
Kellogg’s Nutri-grain Bars
Del Monte Fruit Cups
Kellogg’s Variety Pack Cereal
Dole Jello with Fruit
Mott’s Applesauce Cups (4 oz. per cup)
Raisins (1 ½ oz. boxes)
Thank you so much for your prayers and support of this project.