842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat. Through the many food ministries available at CUMC, you can serve and participate in sharing God’s love through the gift of food to the hungry worldwide.
Food For All baskets are located around the church where non-perishable food donations are received each Sunday. The donated foods are delivered by volunteers to the Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) food pantry each week. Everyone is invited to bring one non-perishable food item each week to help keep the food pantry shelves full throughout the year.
During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, financial gifts and food are collected for two deliveries of Food Baskets assembled and delivered by volunteers to assist needy families in the Centreville community.
Each week, please bring and place your donations into the Food for All baskets during Worship, which are located outside of the Sanctuary and the ROC.
GRACE Ministries is a community outreach program that serves low-income immigrant families in the local community. On the second Saturday of each month, low-income families receive food, clothing, diapers, household linens, toys and children’s books. The ministry also provides job training for Personal Care Aids and Commercial Drivers Licenses to eligible low-income immigrants.
There are many ways to serve in the ministry:
Set Up Fridays:
Opportunities to serve on the Friday preceding a Grace Ministries Saturday include volunteers that prepare the Fellowship Hall and rooms for the ministry by:
- Setting up tables and chairs
- Preparing the hospitality area for serving on Saturday
- Sorting and hanging clothing donations
- Setting up the Children’s Corner with books and crafts
- Arranging toy donations and linen donations
- Bagging food
- Collecting and disposing of trash and cardboard
Saturday at GRACE Ministries:
- Pre-registration and greeting (Spanish speakers are very helpful)
- Registration (Spanish speakers needed)
- Hospitality – setting out refreshments
- Children’s Corner – doing crafts with children/reading to children
- Worship (assisting with the short worship time – music)
- Working in the clothing, toy, linen, diaper and food rooms
- Helping guests take their goods to their vehicles
- Clean Up
MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE:
Support GRACE Ministries through your financial gifts and donations. Donations are accepted Sunday – Friday the week of Grace Ministries. Donations of the following items are appreciated:
- Good condition, seasonal clothing bagged by clothing type
- Bed and bath linens, dish ware and cookware (We are unable to accept other household items.)
- Small toys and stuffed animals (We are unable to accept large toys and video games.)
- Books for young children
- Diapers, especially sizes 4, 5 & 6.
PLEASE TAKE ALL OTHER HOUSEHOLD ITEMS TO SALVATION ARMY, CLOCK TOWER, OR SOME OTHER THRIFT STORE. THANK YOU!
To sign up to help contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call the church office at: 703.830.2684
Each Thanksgiving and Christmas, Centreville UMC packages food baskets to be given to families within the community with low-income. The baskets provide enough food to feed a family for almost a week. This ministry is a partnership with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries, who provides the family lists for our delivery schedule.
Donations of canned foods are collected beginning in October for the Holiday Food Baskets. A list is published each fall requesting certain food items. Also, financial donations may be made to help with the purchasing of the food to complete the basket needs.
The Saturdays before Thanksgiving and Christmas are the primary day when help is needed. Servants are needed on both days to help package and deliver the baskets. Other servants are needed in the weeks leading up to help with the counting of canned food items and the contacting of recipient families.
If you would to participate in this year’s Holiday Food Basket Ministry, please contact Chris Granberg at email@example.com.
On the third Tuesday of each month CUMC provides a hot dinner meal for over 100 homeless men, women and children living in local motels and on the street. The cooking team prepares and packages the meal between 3:00 – 5:00 PM. The delivery team takes the meal to motels and parking lots along Rt 29 in Fairfax where homeless families can come to receive a healthy and warm dinner.
Contact: Steve Jobe
The Society of Saint Andrew (SoSA) is a food rescue and distribution ministry committed to ending world hunger beginning with the elimination of hunger in America.
CUMC continues to support the vision of SoSA through our involvement with their Gleaning Network, Potato & Produce Drops and the Souper Bowl of Caring.
Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program provides volunteers the opportunity to package dehydrated, high protein, and highly nutritious meals that are used in crisis situations and in school feeding programs for schools and orphanages in developing countries around the world.
This year’s Stop Hunger Now event was held in the Recreation and Outreach Center (ROC) on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Centreville UMC packaged 30,000 meals and assembled 50 water filters in partnership with Wine to Water.
Contact: Bill Wright
Over 900 UFO’s are distributed each month to children at Bull Run, Deer Park, and Centre Ridge Elementary Schools who do not have enough to eat on the weekends. Gallon size zip-lock plastic bags are filled with non-perishable, nutritious food items kids will enjoy. The bags are distributed by the school counselors each week. UFO food bags are collected on the first Sunday of each month.
- 2 breakfasts (granola bars, oatmeal, small cereal box, etc)
- 2 lunches (cheese/crackers, cup of soup, peanut butter crackers, etc)
- 2 dinners (easy mac-n-cheese, individual beef ravioli, tuna, etc)
- 2-3 snacks (applesauce, pudding, fruit cup, fruit snacks, etc)
- 1 juice box (100% fruit juice box or a milk box)