As you may know our R3 team has continued a food distribution ministry started by our Congregational Council in April. The ministry has grown so that we consistently distribute food to 60+ individuals and families each Saturday between 10 & 11am. The people in need drive up (some walk up) to the elevator entrance and we give them food we purchase as well as what we receive from the Central PA Food Bank. They do not leave their cars.  In the last 6 weeks alone we have given out over 10,000 pounds of food! But what  has been most exciting is how we have established relationships with members of our immediate community!


There has been a dedicated group of individuals who have helped with this ministry every Saturday, and we could use your help. Nancy Smith and I are working on generating a rotating schedule of volunteers and are hoping you would be able to find 4-5 people from your committee/group to help one week a month (starting in Nov.). Or maybe you can combine with another church group if your group is small!  We plan to schedule groups similar to how PAL lunch volunteers are scheduled (you have a certain Saturday each month). The more groups that volunteer, the less often each group would be asked to serve!


When you volunteer, you will find that we uphold all safety measures established by our COVID-19 Task Force.  We ask that volunteers arrive by 9:15 to help with any last minute details. We are finished by 11:15. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome!


If your group is willing to volunteer or if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask!  Feel free to stop by any upcoming Saturday to see how it all works. 


Thanks for considering helping this vital ministry continue! 


Deb Sowers and Nancy Smith
Co-ordinators


R3 Grocery Ministries

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