Twice a year, we host a Churchwide Food Drive to restock the shelves of our Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry. The need this year is higher than we have seen in years previous.
With the state of the economy and all of the shortages, our Food Pantry is seeing a dramatic increase in the number of people being served. Every week, Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry distributes an average of 15,000LBS of food & household goods to an average of 900 individuals.
Our goal for this year’s food drive is 60,000LBS your participation in this year’s food drive is so important.! We will be collecting donations from August 28 – September 11.
TWO WAYS TO GIVE TO THE FOOD DRIVE
First, you can shop for food items in the store and drop them off either at our Food Pantry truck which will be parked out front on Sunday mornings, or drop your items in food boxes that will be located throughout the campus during the week.
Parents, involve your children in the food drive. Take them and the list to the store, allow them to read the items on the list and then let me be the ones to get the items off the shelves. Through the food drive, you will teach your children what it means to care for others and to feed the hungry. Most importantly you will teach them that caring for others is part of being a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ.
Second, you can give financially. When you make a financial donation towards the Food Drive, this allows our Food Pantry team to buy bulk items at considerable savings. Because of our Partnership with End Hunger In Calvert County and The Maryland Food Bank, we are able to purchase food in large quantities and for much less than grocery store prices. If you are looking to make the most impact, giving financially is the best option for you!
VOLUNTEER FOR FOOD DRIVE
We have hundreds of volunteers serving in various ways and on various teams, including entire families serving together! Opportunities are available Tuesday through Saturday. Find a team that is right for you.
It’s More Than A Bag of Groceries
When a person comes into the Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry, they receive more than a bag of groceries. Along with the needed food comes encouragement, partnership, and resource opportunities. In a word: relationship. It’s through relationships that people experience a life-changing encounter and move from dependence to their highest level of self-sufficiency.
“If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.”