As we complete the fifth month of staying home or limiting our outings due to Covid-19, there remains an extremely high demand for food from our sponsored agencies food banks, United Faith Presbyterian, East Wayne Street Center and Wellspring Social Services. East Wayne Street’s food pantry was shut down when the pandemic began and has recently reopened.
First Presbyterian has increased the amount of food we are providing to all three agencies but we need your support more than ever! Demand has increased dramatically and food costs for the items we provide, in addition to what our congregation donates, has increased by about 25% and are still rising on meat and meat based products!
We will begin accepting food donations in the theater 1st floor lobby during church business hours (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm) starting on Tuesday, August 19th. There will be a cart located in the lobby where you can “drop and go” your items to avoid personal contact. If you are attending the 9:30 outdoor services on Sundays, you will also be able to drop off your items in the provided cart then.
If it is not possible to support our food collection in the traditional way of bring food to church, you can send a check to the church in the amount you usually spent on food for Food Sundays. Just note HUNGER RELIEF on the memo line of your check and it will be allocated to our budget. We will do the shopping and distribution to the agencies for you!
Any amount, whether it is food or monetary, large or small, helps us to continue to support this vital mission of the church.
For August, the request list includes mashed potatoes (boxed or packets), canned meat products (chicken, tuna, Spam, Manwich, etc), spaghetti sauce w/meat (cans only), Hamburger Helper, peanut butter, brownie mix, mandarin oranges, and Rice Krispies cereal.
Please remember that the church is using a PO Box address until further notice. The address is: First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 10390, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46852.
Year to date we have provided 1350 cases of food (that’s about 20,000 individual items)!