Turning the Tables on Hunger
FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: Put a note on your calendar for the first Sunday of each month (except in September when we collect food on the second Sunday) to remember to bring non-perishable food items with you to church. We collect non-perishable food at each of our three services in large red bins in Trinity Court.
'SOUPER' BOWL SUNDAY: On the first Sunday in February the emphasis is on donating soup.
SUGGESTIONS FOR DONATIONS: Most needed are protein-rich foods (soups, stews, chili, peanut butter, canned meat like tuna, chicken or ham). Also needed are powdered milk, cereal, and canned vegetables and fruits.
BAG BRIGADE: At 9 a.m. on the Monday following each food drive, volunteers from our church community put the collected items into bags so the donations can be picked up and taken to the Sunnyvale Community Services warehouse for distribution to hungry people.
"BUY 1 GET 1 FREE": Consider taking advantage of every sale and 2-for-1 deal while doing your own shopping, giving half to our food drive.
DOES THE FOOD REALLY HELP? Recently Sunnyvale Community Services shared the following information with us so we could have a better understanding of what a difference the food we donate each month makes to the people in our community:
- Senior Monthly Food Program—Every month, over 300 seniors receive a 20–25 pound bag of non-perishable groceries. Bread, turkey rolls, and eggs are added to the groceries if they are available. Groceries are delivered to approximately 100 homebound seniors each month.
- Produce Distribution—Nearly 800 families and seniors pick up weekly 20–25 pound bags of fruits and vegetables. When Sunnyvale Community Services started the produce distribution program just over a year ago, 330 families and seniors were served.
- Monthly Food Program to Families—Every month, over 750 families receive 1–4 bags of non-perishable groceries and a bag of produce. Sunnyvale Community Services distributes 1600 bags of groceries to these families every month.