New weekend food program for children
We're now collecting food items for our first deliveries during the Christmas holidays.
Our newest Community Outreach project will focus on a problem that is right next door. Children in nearby Como are receiving meals at school, but are going hungry on weekends at home. About 150 children spend their after-school hours at Como Recreation Center on Horne St., where they receive a meal and snack. But when they go home on the weekend, many do not get enough to eat. We’re going to help with that problem by providing each child with a packet of non-perishable food items to take home each Friday.
With the help of the staff at Como Recreation Center and Tarrant Area Food Bank, we have compiled a list of items to collect, year-round. The church has budgeted some funds to purchase some of the food, but in order to feed all 150 kids at the Center, we will need your help.
These are the items we are collecting, in shelf-stable, single-serving sizes.
Individual cereals | Oatmeal bars | Dried fruit (raisins or craisins) | Applesauce | Fruit drink pounches | Apple/Orange/Tangerine juice | 8 oz. 1% white or chocolate milk | Beef Ravioli (single serve can) | Chili with beans (single serve can) | Beans and rice (single serve can) | Macaroni in tomato and meat sauce (single serve can) | Beans and franks (single serve can) | Peanut butter and Jelly pouches
Our first weekly food distributions at Como Recreation Center will begin in January. But we’re going to get our feet wet in December, by collecting food items and delivering them, in a smaller quantity, in time for Christmas Camp at Como Recreation Center. During Christmas Camp, between 30 and 50 children come daily during their school holiday to Como Recreation Center. We plan to start off by providing these 30 to 50 children with food packets in time to take home on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
On Friday, December 18 at 4:00 p.m., we are asking for volunteers to come to DeWolfe Hall and help sort and package our first food deliveries.
Beginning in January 2016, we will combine our monthly Sandwich Making for the Presbyterian Night Shelter with a packing session for our new weekend food program for kids. The first combined Sandwich Making/Food for Kids work session will be Jan. 17 at 4:00 p.m., and on the Third Saturday of each month thereafter.