Outreach to the Hungry
Bread for the World
The first Thursday of each month members of our church provide and serve food for the Community Meals program at Luke House. The Community Meals program serves free lunch and dinner to those in need in the Madison area. To find out how you can help contact Sally Haveman at 608.238.6596.
CROP Hunger Walk
CROP walks help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially the grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts of partner agencies in more than 80 countries by providing tools that empower people to meet their own needs. Each local CROP WALK can choose to return up to 25 percent of the funds it raises to local hunger-fighting programs. Become involved by helping to plan the walk, volunteering to serve at the walk, joining the First Congregational walking team, or donating to a team member. For more information, contact Jeff Rabe.
Farmer's Market Food Collections
When the Saturday market on the Square is in session, members of First Congregational periodically help the Community Action Coalition glean produce from farmers and merchants to give to Dane County food pantries. To sign-up, call Bob Metz at 608.238.6436.
Food Pantry Donations
Non-perishable food items can be dropped off in the collection basket found in the Narthex. Donations are currently taken to the Grace Episcopal Church food pantry on the Capitol Square.Foods
Foods Resource Bank
What initially started in 2006 as a soybean growing partnership between First Congregational and Zwingli UCC of Paoli has now grown to include Washington Reformation UCC of Monticello and in 2010 we grew pigs rather than soy or corn. In 2011 the project will partner with a local dairy farmer in Paoli. Proceeds from weekly garden markets held on Sunday mornings in the summer also go to support our Foods Resource Bank project to help farmers in South Cambodia. To learn more about the project, view our brochure.
Since 1993, the church has hosted a free Thanksgiving dinner for the community. Volunteers prepare, cook, and serve meals for several hundred people. All are welcome at the dinner. There are volunteer opportunities for all ages. For more information, contact the Board of Outreach.
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