By partnering with our First Food Sunday initiative and Greensboro Urban Ministry, rising freshman and Christ Church member Patrick O’Kelley aims to address food insecurity in Greensboro through his Eagle Scout project. His goal? To collect 5,000 pounds of food by the end of the summer to be donated to Greensboro Urban Ministry. This church-wide Food Drive is the second part of a twofold project: “The first I completed with troop members the first weekend in June,” Patrick says. “We refurbished 3 carts from Greensboro Urban Ministry Food Pantry. The metal carts were very old and very beat up. We painted one blue for kitchen use only, and two carts red for pantry use only to help prevent cross contamination.”
Historically on First Food Sunday—a longstanding mission at Christ Church spearheaded by Beth and Steve Taylor—members and worshippers bring nonperishable food items to the church on the first Sunday of each month to be delivered the following day to Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Food Pantry. "It seems a perfect opportunity for First Food Sunday to support Patrick with his Eagle Scout project because we're collecting food for Greensboro Urban Ministry, says Beth. “In turn, Patrick's project may serve to jump start First Food Sunday through the summer, when donations have been historically low. It's a win-win."
As is the case with our First Food Sunday collections, all donations to Patrick’s Eagle Scout project this summer will be used by GUM to help feed the hungry in Greensboro. “Our food pantry provided free groceries to more than 22,900 families last year and more than 42,000 people. We serve more than 100 households each day and in the summer, this number climbs as high as 150 households per day,” says Mary O’Neill, Food Pantry Director at Greensboro Urban Ministry. “All the food sent to our clients is donated from churches, schools, and businesses who do food drives for us.”
Collections will begin this Sunday, July 7, and will run through the end of the summer. Donations of non-perishable food items can be brought to the church at any time (not just on Sundays) and be placed on the shelves in our Missions Closets or in the designated collection bins, which will be located at the Missions Café, CEC entrance, and in the Youth Building. In addition, all July and August donations for First Food Sunday will go toward Patrick’s goal of 5,000 pounds. Can you help us support Patrick in reaching his goal?
“My family has been monthly supporters of Greensboro Urban Ministry since I was little, and I like the fact that [the organization] helps local families,” says Patrick. “This project has helped me realize how I can make a difference in my community, even as a teenager. Local hunger is something that we can help solve, and I hope that my Eagle Scout project shines a light on it.”