+ First Food Sundays
Nonperishable food items brought to the church are collected on the first Sunday of each month and donated to Greensboro Urban Ministry, which uses these donations to help fill their pantry between food drives.
Get Involved: Bring nonperishable food donations throughout the month to the Holy Grounds.
+ A Simple Gesture
The mission of A Simple Gesture is to provide a consistent, ongoing supply of nonperishable food for our community’s hungry residents through green bags that participants fill with food and place on their doorsteps for bimonthly collection.
Get Involved: Fill one bag every two months; recruit friends and acquaintances to participate; or volunteer to pick up food bags, unload full food bags, or stock shelves at food warehouse locations.
Contact: Joanie Capps
+ Helping Hands for Hunger
Working with Raleigh-based organization Rise Against Hunger, CUMC packages approximately 100,000 dried meals per year, which are sent to ministries that cater to schools and orphanages in countries such as Guatemala, Kenya, and Haiti.
Get Involved: Attend workdays held in the spring and fall, or contribute toward the $10,000 needed to purchase dried foods and materials and cover shipping costs.
Contact: Rick Brown
+ Weaver House Meals
Between April and October, CUMC volunteers prepare and serve meals once a month for residents of Weaver House at Greensboro Urban Ministry, which provides short-term housing for up to two months for the homeless.
Get Involved: Volunteer each month to prepare and serve the meals (12–15 volunteers needed).
Contact: Laura Stroupe Barrier
+ Greensboro Urban Ministry Sandwich Ministry
Every week, volunteers prepare and deliver 100 bologna-and-cheese sandwiches on white bread to Greensboro Urban Ministry, where the sandwiches are given to those who have spent the night there before they leave for the day.
Get Involved: Volunteer with your group or as an individual to purchase ingredients and prepare and deliver the sandwiches one or more weeks throughout the year.
Contact: Jo Winchester
+ Food Drives
As part of a city-wide food drive for Greensboro Urban Ministry, food donations are accepted over a two-day period in the spring and fall at a designated local grocery store.
Get Involved: Volunteer to man the doors at the store and ask customers to donate nonperishable food items specified on flyers, or volunteer to drive the donations to GUM when the truck is filled.
+ CROP Hunger Walk
CROP Walk provides significant resources to those in our local community who suffer from food insecurity, as well as to people in communities around the world faced with food insecurity and a shortage of clean drinking water. One-fourth of all money raised stays in Greensboro to support Potter's House, a lunch program run by Greensboro Urban Ministry. Remaining funds are used by Church World Service to fight hunger across the globe.
Get Involved: Volunteer to “walk because they walk” each fall as part of the CROP Hunger Walk (run locally by Greensboro Urban Ministry) each October; sponsor walkers; or volunteer to help with promotion within the church.
+ Meals on Wheels
Christ Church delivers twenty Meals on Wheels routes to elderly members of our community who are unable to prepare their own nutritious meals every fourth Tuesday of the month.
Get Involved: Volunteer as a pair to pick up prepared meals at Peace United Methodist Church and deliver them. The job takes two to three hours, and substitute drivers always are needed.
Contact: Dru Hopkins
+ Bag Hunger
The mission is to assist other area churches and organizations provide bag lunches for students attending certain Title 1 schools in Greensboro on Fridays during the summer, when federal funding for student lunches is not provided.
Get Involved: Volunteer individually or with your small group to prepare the bag lunches, deliver them to the assigned school, and hand them out to the children during the summer months.
+ Out of the Garden
CUMC and Out of the Garden address family hunger by packing and delivering bags of food each week to Jones Elementary, which distributes the bags so students in need can take the food home for the weekend in their backpacks.
Get Involved: Leave food donations on the shelves outside of the Library (320 pounds of food are needed each week) or volunteer to help sort and pack the food each week. Food needed includes:
- protein beans (pinto, black, etc.)
- canned spaghetti sauce (approximately 24 ounces)
- spaghetti pasta
- canned chicken and tuna
- peanut butter (approximately 15 ounces)
- crackers in sleeves
- white rice in big packages for repacking
- canned Spaghetti-o–type meals
- individually packed snacks such as Lance crackers and granola bars
- canned green beans
- canned corn
- packs of instant oatmeal
Contact: Jennifer Mitchell