March Food Drive

Monday, February 25 – Sunday, April 7

Our long-time outreach partner, Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP), is holding their annual March Food & Fund Drive and we are challenging ourselves to collect 500 LBS of food and personal care items during the drive dates. Learn more about VEAP here.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Help us reach our goal by –

Purchasing Items. Grocery bags with the food list attached are located in the VEAP baskets located at church entrances. Simply purchase your items and then bring to church and drop them in the VEAP baskets.

Donating Funds. Don’t have time to shop or not interested in lugging food? No problem! You can also donate money towards the purchase of food. You will find VEAP envelops for donating at each of the VEAP baskets at church entrances. Consider “Making a Case for VEAP” by donating enough to purchase one or more cases of food. Here are some case prices to use as a guide –

  • Spaghetti sauce $27.00
  • Tuna $33.00
  • Cereal $80.00
  • Peanut butter $58.00
  • Unsweetened fruit cups $24.00
  • Green beans $16.00

WEEKLY FOCUS

Each week of our drive we will focus on collecting food for a specific meal or on personal care items (although, you can bring whatever items you choose to purchase on any given week!)

  • Week 1: February 25-March 3 Breakfast (unsweetened fruit cups or cans, cereal, low sugar granola bars, nut spreads)
  • Week 2: March 4-10 Lunch (hearty soups, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter and jelly, packaged meals)
  • Week 3: March 11-17 Dinner (canned meat, sauces, and oils, vegetables, spaghetti sauce, rice, beans, whole wheat noodles)
  • Week 4: March 18-24 Personal Care (full-sized bottles of shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste/toothbrushes, laundry soap, toilet paper)
  • Week 5: March 25-April 7 Baby Care (formula, diapers, wipes)

HEALTHY FOOD POLICY

It’s easier than ever for low-income households to purchase cheap calories but tough to consistently acquire nutritious foods on a limited budget. VEAP is committed to providing high quality and nutritious food through our food programs. Please look for the following when purchasing food –

  • Food low in saturated and trans fats
  • Food low in sodium
  • Lean sources of protein (animal and vegetable sources, canned)
  • Fruit that is minimally processed (canned or dried/dehydrated, whole, cut-up or mashed) and 100% vegetable juice
  • Products that are high in calcium, but also low in fat
  • Beverages including 100% fruit juice, bottled water

Questions? Contact Debbie Belfry, ddbelfry@gmail.com