A CONGREGATION OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.)
OUR OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Please read below the concerning health advisories about the coronavirus and the impact on our upcoming pantry due to COVID-19.
Pantry day is the 4th Friday of every month from 3-5pm.
WILL RESUME NEXT FALL
RISE AGAINST HUNGER
The meals we helped package on 4/6/2019 were included in a shipment of nearly 300,000 meals destined for Zambia. Meals will be distributed by Family Legacy Missions, an organization that nourishes lives through food assistance and other services in Zambia.
UPDATE ON MANNA FOOD PANTRY
To minimize risk for all, CPC will have a drive through pantry in the upper parking lot.
Traffic cones will be utilized and a volunteer will direct the cars to form a line.
Clients will drive into the parking lot and stay in their cars, taxi, etc.
A volunteer will check the client list and ask to see the client's ID.
Then the vehicle pulls forward and another volunteer hands the box(es) of food to the client or, if need be, places box(es) in the car/trunk. There is no choice of which boxes the client receives.
Then the client drives away.
Nearby families receive boxes of nutritious food.
The primary goal of the Manna Choice Pantry is to provide healthy food for needy families, but we also have a mission goal of community building by sharing care and concern for our neighbors.
In the spring of 2014, a group of congregants from Colesville Presbyterian Church approached Manna Food Center to ask if we could become a distribution site. After visiting our facility, Manna staff approached us about becoming a pilot project for a new model of food distribution: A Choice Pantry. With this approach, recipients are not handed a box of preselected food, but instead, allowed to choose from shelves stocked with vegetables, fruit, canned meat and beans, rice, pasta, cereal, and other supermarket staples. Then they pick out frozen meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, and bread. This lets people make their own choices geared to their family’s preference.
For CPC, a founding principle of this model is the opportunity to offer hospitality, support and encouragement, and build connections with people served by Manna. As a result, a close fellowship has formed among volunteers and participants. We come together around food and share comforting hugs, smiles, and laughter.
Because of the success of the choice pantry model, all future Manna distribution sites in Montgomery County will be structured to allow recipients to choose food that best suits their families with emphasis on welcoming spaces.
The Choice Pantry at CPC is open on the 4thFriday of each month, from 3-7 PM. Anyone wishing to receive food needs to call Manna at 301-424-1130.
There are a variety of ways that CPC members and friends can help support the pantry: volunteering on pantry day, helping with resupply, donating food items, and remembering pantry families in your prayers. Contact the church office if you have questions or would like more information. 301-622-4555.
MONTREAT MISSION TRIP
The Montreat Youth Conference is a unique gathering of young people from all over the country for a week of study, worship, and recreation. Located in the mountains of Montreat, N.C., it is designed for high school students, entering freshmen through graduated seniors.
Youth from CPC have been attending this conference for many years. Unfortunately, this year’s conference was cancelled due to COVID19. The conference equips and empowers our youth to make tangible changes within themselves and the greater community by hearing their peers’ voices and using their own voice. We look forward to returning to the conference in 2021.
To learn more about the Montreat experience, call the church office 301-622-4555 or