The third week of our Mission scavenger hunt is almost finished, but the First Street Methodist Mission still needs donations of peanut butter and loaves of bread to keep them fully stocked for the upcoming weeks of food panty donations.
Thanks to the kindhearted members of our congregation, the Mission no longer needs infant formula donations for the month!
Way to go, First Church family!
Linda Murphy, director of the FSMM sends her gratitude and says, “Big thanks to all of our great church members for their contributions! We now have enough infant formula for the next months!! Keep the breakfast cereal, bread, and peanut butter coming.” Linda adds a huge thanks to our First Church staffers who are filling in as volunteers over at the Mission during the weekly food pantry service.
One such staffer making a big impact at the Mission this week is Kat Bair, FUMCFW Director of Youth Ministries. She has been volunteering at the Mission each week since the onset of the pandemic. Kat says, “I volunteer at the mission because they do incredible selfless work, and I want to be a part of something that serves those most in need in our city.” Kat goes on to explain one of her responsibilities during the regular food pantry hours, “I give out mail to some of the people experiencing homelessness in our community who get their mail delivered to the Mission, which has been great because I’ve gotten to know so many names! The regular volunteers, the mission staff, and the extra staff who are serving here are wonderful and we have so much fun together! It’s honestly one of the highlights of my week.”
Our First Street Methodist Mission has seen a 65% increase in food pantry traffic since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. “Week before last,” Bernie Scheffler, FSMM Assistant Director explains, “We had our busiest week of food pantry service ever, serving over 200 families in the six hours we were open.” Linda goes on to explain, “Many new guests to the Mission are telling us they’ve lost their jobs because of Covid layoffs and are now in need of some food assistance.”
Almost all of the increase seen at the Mission (probably around 50% of our total traffic) comes in the form of these new guests, who have found themselves in need as a result of the pandemic.
We truly can’t get through this alone.
So, once again, we are asking you, our dear church family, to rally together and while you are out on your normal grocery runs, please consider adding extra bread and peanut butter to your usual shopping list and bring those items to our Mission anytime Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.
To give to the Mission during this trying time, click here, and select “First Street Methodist Mission” from the drop-down menu.