Week 51 at the Bread House

Week 51:
By the time you read this, the Bread House will have celebrated its one-year anniversary! To review, we started in April of 2020, giving food out of the back of an SUV. All the food that was given out was donated that same day by our faithful congregation! They would bring donations the first two hours, and in the third hour, we would hand out what was collected to those in need. If we had any food items left, we would head up to the Shalimar Ballfields and give out the rest of the food. Every day we would start with an empty vehicle, and at the end of the day, we would be empty again. It was amazing to see folks rally around helping those in need. The other great joy was having some of the individuals we gave food to come back months later donating food to others. They would tell their story of how they were in a dire situation, and SUMC was there for them. They remembered then came back when they could afford to help others out. Another interesting fact is this is a Shalimar-based outreach. We have had people who live in the neighborhood stop by and either donate food items or ask us what we need. They were heading to the store and wanted to bring items our customers needed. It is a fantastic outreach for the whole community!

(photo above) Meet Greg; he has been a faithful contributor to the Bread House since the very beginning! Greg brings on an average of 15+ bags of groceries almost every week! Thanks, Greg! This outreach works because of individuals like you!

If you have not stopped by the Bread House, please come by any Mon, Wed, or Fri between 9-12. We would love to show you around!

Week 51 Numbers
Bags Collected - 295
Bags Given Out - 232
Gift cards Given Out - 0
Members Served - 195

Total Numbers
Bags Collected - 15,088
Bags Given Out - 13,688 (51.33 tons)
Gift cards Given Out - 174 (over $7,305)
Members Served - 10,863

4 New Visitors - 11 family members

Items Always Needed
  • Dried beans and rice
  • Canned vegetables (corn, green beans, mixed), beans, soups (tomato, chicken noodle, and mushroom), tuna and chicken
  • Fruit cups and single-serving chips and snacks
  • Mac and cheese
  • Cereal, oatmeal, and grits
  • Paper Towel and Toilet Paper

If you would like to donate to the Bread House, you can do that in the MEMO line enter COVID-19 or Bread House. Bless you, for all you do to help those in need!

Bless you, for all you do to help those in need!  Questions or want to become a volunteer, contact Janet Norris at 850.598.5399, email norrisjanet59@gmail.com or Pete Peters at 703.395.2437, fpeters1@cox.net.

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