The local food pantries were in need of food, and our
members certainly were willing to help out. Here is the
plan we used to make sure that the food received actually
matched the current needs of the food pantries.
We passed out grocery bags as people left church and
asked them to bring them back next Sunday with food items
for our local food shelves. There are two here - one in
Osceola and one in St. Croix Falls. We had checked with
both prior to handing out the bags and attached a note to
the bags indicating the items most needed at this time by
the food pantries. We received more than 60 full bags of
groceries back! Maybe you might want to use this idea in
your community. Imagine if all the local churches took
turns checking with the food pantry and collecting food
in an intentional way.
The youth group loved to borrow several SUVs and help
haul the food to the pantries. If your confirmation
students are looking for servant projects, why not ask
them to coordinate the entire effort?