If you attend Granger Community Church or watched the news in our area, you’ll remember that in the past few years, GCC has held massive food drives in blizzards with off-road conditions as members delivered food to needy families.
I’ll never forget thinking to myself as I got a call from Rob, stranded on the side of the road in a snow pile, “How would those people get food in this blizzard?” I was so proud and grateful to be a part of a church that would drive across town in the middle of a snow storm to deliver boxes of food to people who didn’t have a way to fill their own pantries up with food.
Our food pantry at Monroe Circle Community center has been running smoothly for a few years, but our guests are in need of a food upgrade. The food we have given them in the past has been great, but consists largely of pasta, canned goods, etc. The people receiving these boxes have been nothing but thankful, but we think they deserve healthier food. Plus, our food pantry is just about empty!
That’s why this weekend at GCC we will be collecting food items from YOU and others like you who want to help, but aren’t really sure how to do just that.
I’m taking my girls shopping today and filling up one grocery cart with items from the list GCC has provided, and the other cart with regular stuff our family needs. We are excited about helping.
From Rob’s Blog:
August 11/12 the Granger Campus will host the first every Monroe Circle Food Drive. The purpose of the Food Drive is to stock Monroe Circle Community Center’s new and improved food pantry for 6 months with non-perishables items. Currently, MC3 distributes approximately 500 units of food each month to right at 300 families.
If we’re going to stock the food pantry with enough supplies to feed 300 families for six months, we need a total of 3000 units.
What’s in a unit? 8 Cans, 2 boxes, 1 Bag, 1 Jar.
One unit of food contains the following non-perishable items:
8 canned foods
1 box of cereal
1 box of prepared meal (like mac and cheese, hamburger helper, etc.)
1 bag of rice, beans, or pasta
1 jar of either peanut butter or jelly
1 unit will help one family one time for one month.
12 units will help one family two times per month for six months.
60 units will help five families two times per month for six months.
120 units will help ten families two times per month for six months.
Happy shopping friends. Your gifts of food will go a long way to helping our friends who come to Mc3 when their own pantries are empty.