Needed Food Donations:
- Meats: Canned chicken, ham, roast beef, tuna
- Vegetables:Beans (any kind), carrots, corn, green beans, mixed vegetables, peas, pork and beans, tomatoes
- Fruits: Applesauce, mixed fruit, peaches, pears, pineapple
- Soups: Hearty
- Dry Items: Dried beans, pasta, rice
- Other Items: Canned pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, jelly
If you are interested in making a financial donation, please make checks payable to Asbury Food Pantry.
The Food Pantry at Asbury was started due to the dream of several members of our Missions In Action Committee. There was a desire to serve those who were unable to provide enough food for their families due to financial hardships and responsibilities. We opened the Food Pantry in June 2012 with the vision to feed those who were hungry. We do not screen the families who come to our Food Pantry. It is our belief that there are families in our area who may fall through the cracks in being eligible for assistance, and we feel that Christ asks us to feed those who come without questions, just acceptance. On average we give about 750 non-perishable food items and serve 20 to 45 families each week. Families may come every other week to receive food.
Many of us at Asbury are blessed beyond measure. When we go to the grocery store, most of us have the means to buy food for our families and even extra goodies. Just imagine if each member of our congregation brought in one canned food item each week, how much food we would have to be the Hands of Christ to others. Our typical Sunday Worship attendance is 1,000+! My goodness, what we could do with 1000 canned goods on a weekly basis! Please prayerfully consider purchasing a few extra items as you grocery shop to keep this ministry active. Pat Connor, member, Asbury UMC
The Asbury Food Pantry provides groceries for approximately twenty local families each week. An average of 440 cans of food is distributed to members of our community weekly. During the holidays, we also provide each family with a Thanksgiving and Christmas meal.
The people who visit the food pantry are individuals from various socio-economic backgrounds and live in the local community. Many of these families would go hungry without the help this ministry provides.
It takes many volunteers and donations to maintain the food pantry. See the many ways you can help listed below.
- help stock the pantry shelves on Mondays
- help hand out groceries on Wednesday afternoons
- help hand out holiday meals
- donate non-parishable food items
- donate monetarily
For more information on assisting with the food pantry contact Cindi Weeks (995-8925) or Irene O’Neill (981-1169).
Working at the food bank is a rewarding and humbling experience. I encourage you all to prayerfully consider becoming involved with this outreach ministry. Glenda Wickstrom, member, Astury UMC
God has a place for all to serve. To paraphrase Romans 12:9— God calls us to real and sincere love that goes far beyond pretense and politeness. It requires effort, demands on our time, money, and personal involvement. Look for others who need your love, and look for ways you can serve and honor them.
The Asbury Food Pantry may be just the place for you to serve. Our community is not exempt from hunger. The need for an on-site food assistance program was a God-sized vision of several. For us, it required faith and stepping out of our comfort zone. We did not know what to expect. We now know, that lots and lots of food is needed each week to address the needs of our community.
I can say today, approximately fifteen months after opening, our weekly number of clients has almost tripled. The blessings are many and far reaching. Let me just share a few of these with you:
The Asbury Food Pantry has been a blessing to-
- the young couple living in their car who were hungry and found us
- the middle aged couple with no car who were suddenly without income when the husband’s employer temporarily shut down with little notice. The husband walked over two miles to get food at the pantry. His wife is disabled and in a wheelchair most of the time.
- the family of 8+ adopted special needs children who lost their mother to breast cancer and within a couple of months the father had a heart attack and couldn’t work anymore-the father is using all resources available to him to keep his family together.
- the young girl, part of our Asbury family, who asked friends attending her birthday party to bring a can of food for the pantry instead of a present-she then brought her mother and little sister to come stock her donation
- the volunteer who has given of their heart through love, money, time, and devotion because of the relationship they have developed with a new brother or sister in Christ
Scripture is full of examples and teachings that focus on giving, generosity, offerings, and sacrifice. Christians give because we serve a giving God.
“ For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.”
Please help us help those in need!
Irene O’Neill, member Asbury UMC, Missions in Action Committee