St Paul’s Hunger Ministry feeds over 115 families in the 20895 zip code.
We serve families who struggle to make ends meet and put food on their tables.
On the 1st Sunday of each month (unless we are adjusting the schedule because of a holiday), St. Paul's members and friends gather in Heavener Hall following worship to sort and organize donations. The following day, the 1st Monday of each month, our clients who face hunger come to St. Paul's to receive grocery bags full of pantry staples, donated produce and bread, a hot meal, books for young children, and fellowship.
One thing we have learned: area food banks are desperate for help year-round. People respond well during the holiday season and food pantries fill to the brim. But as the year unfolds, the need grows and the shelves empty. To meet this need, the St. Paul's Justice and Compassion Team invites you to contribute generously each month.
HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Communion Sunday mornings, the first Sunday of each month, following each worship service (9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.), volunteers transport food from the Narthex to Heavener Hall, sort grocery items, and organize bags.
On the following Monday, volunteers arrive at 6:45 p.m. to set up for distribution night. Additional food sorting, greeting food recipients, serving a hot meal, and working on seasonal projects are all possible tasks. Drivers deliver food to recipients who are home-bound.
To get involved, contact the church office at 301-933-7933 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The office staff will get your message to our Hunger Ministry coordinators, and they'll find the best ways for you to be involved!
HOW TO RECEIVE FOOD
Food recipients are asked to arrive at 7:30 p.m. on Distribution Nights (the Monday following the first Sunday of each month). We provide a hot meal and grocery items. Our program is limited to those who live in the 20895 ZIP code, so new recipients are asked to bring a piece of mail or other paperwork showing an address in the area. Those who cannot attend the scheduled distribution night may call 301-933-7933 ext 511 before noon on distribution day, to request a pick up in the church office during the week.
HOW TO DONATE
We welcome non-perishable food, Safeway & Giant grocery store gift cards ($15 value each, please), and financial donations any time.
Food Donation Suggestions
Non-perishable food items can be placed in bins in the church Narthex at any time. All donations are appreciated. We especially need cold and hot cereals, and all items listed on the shopping/packing lists below.
You can help streamline our sorting process by packing a full bag of essential food items using the guide below. Please attach a number to your filled bag so we know when it's ready to distribute - no additional sorting or packing needed!
Rice - 1 bag or large box or 2 small boxes
Beans - 1 bag or 2 cans
Pasta - 1 box or bag
Pasta Sauce - 1 large jar or can
Mac & Cheese - 2 boxes
Chicken Breast - 1 or 2 cans
Tuna (or other fish) - 2 cans
Vegetables - 3 cans
Fruit (including applesauce) - 2 cans or jars
Peanut Butter - 1 jar
Jelly or Jam - I jar or bottle
Soup - 2 or 3 cans
**PLEASE NO GLASS**
Please deliver donations to the church on Sunday mornings or throughout the work week, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Food is generally sorted on the first Sunday of the month; food is distributed to families the following day.