Bread House Week 26

Matthew 25: 35 (NIV)
For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat.

Acts 27: 33-34 (NIV)
You haven't eaten anything. Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 35 million Americans could not acquire enough food to meet their needs or were uncertain of where their next meal might come from. The COVID 19 Pandemic has worsened America's hunger crisis due to the loss of jobs and struggles with the virus's far-reaching implications. How is Shalimar United Methodist Church supporting these individuals in our community? The Mission team opened the Bread House, which serves our friends on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. We have also had food drops that have been a lifesaver for our neighbors. I've met many families with children and the elderly living in multi-family situations. What we do for the least of those among us is truly a reflection on us as Christians. I have listened to many people share stories of desperation and had them apologize because they have never been to a food pantry before. On Monday, at the Bread House, I serve each week alongside my two new 80-year-old friends, Barbara Pitkus and Vi Trommater. I hope to have their desire to serve when I reach the age of 80! How can you help? Donations of food are accepted each day that the Bread House is open. Financial donations may be submitted to SUMC with COVID-19 designated in the memo line of your check.
                                                                                                ~Janet Norris

Week 25 Numbers
Bags Collected - 206
Bags Given Out - 272
Gift cards Given Out - 2
Members Served - 271

Total Numbers
Bags Collected - 7011
Bags Given Out - 6614 (25.8 tons)
Gift cards Given Out - 168 (over $7150)
Members Served - 3895

*Focus items you can help us with this week!
Canned Meat: Chicken, tuna, and ham
Canned Soup: Chicken noodle, Tomato, and Cream of Mushroom soup
Canned vegetables: Corn, green beans, mixed vegetables, baked beans, and Beanie Weenies
Pantry: Bread, Jelly, fruit cups, raisins (small boxes), peanut butter crackers, rice, granola bars, Mac & Cheese, and snacks
Dried Beans: Black, White, and Pinto Beans
Other Items: Paper towels, diapers, toothpaste, and toothbrushes
Snacks; small size bags of chips, cereal, fruit, health bars, and etc. are always needed.

Thanks for the continued support!

NOTE: If you cannot bring items to the Bread House, you can always donate gift cards from local grocery stores or cash donations to SUMC.

MEMO: Bread House or Covid-19 Relief Fund.

As a reminder pickup and drop off is every Mon – Wed – Fri,  9-12 pm.

Any questions contact Janet, Donna, Terry, Sandra, Bill, or Pete at 703.395.2437 or email
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