Food insecurity is a harsh reality in our area. Especially in communities such as Steger, Sauk Village, South Chicago Heights, and Ford Heights where transportation to food pantries is a challenge. Will you join us in helping meet this need?
We have developed a new ministry, Family Food Share, to deliver food to families in the Bloom Trail High School district.
Each food share contains fresh fruits and vegetables plus staples such as bread, pasta, rice, and peanut butter (we’ll contact the families in advance concerning any food restrictions). For a family of four, two volunteers buy food, supplemented by food we stock through bulk purchases at Costco. Volunteers are given two very specific lists of approximately $20 worth of food each. Buy where you want, but you must stick to the list. Volunteers bring their purchased food to the church on the designated Saturday morning. Then the food shares are packed in specially made large tote bags and delivered to the families.
How can you help? Here are the opportunities to help feed families:
Let us know which opportunity would be right for you by using the Sign-Up Genius link or contacting any of the Family Food Share committee members at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to field any questions you have!
One last thing … Another opportunity is something we’re calling Rapid Responders: folks who are interested in meeting an immediate need that becomes known to St. John’s. Might be money to help pay for shelter, kitchen supplies, furniture…could be anything. Once the need is known, an email or phone call would go out. If this is an area that interests some, we might start this tandem ministry. Note on the Sign-Up Genius or reach out to a committee member if you have a heart for this type of ministry or want to hear more.