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.
The Hunger Ministry's regular monthly Communion Collect will slide one week in September due to the Labor Day holiday! Food sorting will take place on Sunday, September 8 and Distribution Night will be Monday, September 9. This is a change from the usual "first Sunday/first Monday" routine. Nonperishable food items are still welcome in the bins in the Narthex at any time.
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 when food pantries fill to the brim. But as the year unfolds, the need remains while 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
We provide a hot meal and grocery items once a month. Families with children may also receive children's books. Special Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas gifts for children are offered seasonally. Here's how to receive assistance here:
- Recipients should arrive at the Heavener Hall entrance to St. Paul's UMC at 7:30 p.m. on Distribution Nights (the Monday following the first Sunday of each month).
- New recipients should bring a piece of mail or other evidence showing an address in the 20895 area. That's it! There are no income requirements, no need for referrals, no ID checks... we'll feed anyone in the 20895 ZIP code area.
- Please note, our program is limited to those who live within the 20895 ZIP code. (Please see the section below for other resources if you don't have a 20895 address.)
- If you cannot attend on distribution night, please call 301-933-7933 ext 511 before 12:00 noon on distribution day, to request a pick up in the church office during the week.
- We have a limited capacity to offer home delivery to those who are disabled or home-bound - please contact us to discuss this possibility.
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.
- We always need the pantry staples listed on the shopping/packing "Bag #1 and Bag #2" lists (see below).
- ALL unopened, shelf-stable donations are appreciated. Bottle of olive oil? Box of pancake mix? Granola bars? Crackers? Nuts? We'll take it!
- We especially need cold and hot cereals.
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 sorted on the first Sunday of the month; food is distributed to families the following day.