Here's how YOU can help the Presbyterian Community Center Food Pantry:
Collect food to be donated to the pantry...weekly, monthly, quarterly, fifth Sunday...whatever suits your schedule. Themed collections create interest while providing an exciting community service, i.e. Souper Bowl Sunday collections. Friendly competitions increase involvement, i.e. Chicken Soup against Tomato Soup or Male versus Female collections. ALL donations are greeted with opened arms in the pantry.
Organize a HUNGER BUSTERin your church, organization, or club. By collecting a grocery bag of food from each member, your church or organization can help feed the hungry in the Roanoke Valley. Below is a list of instructions for a typical HUNGER BUSTER. Of course, you are free to alter the program to best suit your needs.
- At the beginning of the month, collect paper grocery bags – enough for one for each participant. Some area grocery stores will donate all the grocery bags you need.
- Hand out the grocery bags with a note attached (see sample note). Feel free to personalize your note as much as you'd like.
- Have your participants bring back the full grocery bags to the designated area. Some groups collect the food after one or two weeks.
- Bring the food to the Center. Bringing the food to the Center and sorting, pricing, and stocking the shelves is a tremendous help. This gives the you a better idea of what goes on here at the Center and how their contributions help so many people in need.
- HUNGER BUSTERS can be adapted to fit your organization: Two area churches have adapted their annual Hunger Buster to include the neighborhoods surrounding their church making the October Hunger Buster an intergenerational event: Covenant Presbyterian Church's Trick or Treat So Others May Eat and First Presbyterian Church's Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat.