Asbury UMC Member Laura Kirkpatrick

Asbury has packed brown-bag lunches for B'ham students in need since 2013. To date, Asbury has contributed over $500,000 to this mission and more than 40,000 students have received meals to sustain them during spring and fall breaks, when school-provided lunches are unavailable.

Brown Bag is one of Asbury's most ambitious mission efforts, yet truly beloved by parishioners. “Feeding the hungry is reason enough to participate year after year,” says Missions in Action Committee and Organizer Ralph Ritter, “but we also do it because we have to live for Christ and this is one way we can send the heart of Asbury to those who need it most.”

The next Brown Bag initiative will be held on November 3, 4 and 5 and Asbury has committed to filling 3,635 bags. On Saturday, November 3, at 11:00 a.m., we need volunteers to help us unpack grocery items and get the gym set up for stuffing. On Sunday, November 4, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., we need volunteers to help us fill the bags. Then on Monday, November 5, a handful of helpers are needed to deliver the bags to area schools. Volunteers will leave Asbury at 7:45 a.m.

It costs around $5.00 to make each bag, which means it will cost $18,534.78 to make this mission a success. Will you help?