Our mission is to feed all of God’s children — body, mind, and spirit — so that no one goes hungry. We have many ministries that provide an opportunity to share God’s love by meeting the hunger needs of those in our community:
Manna Food Center’s Choice Pantry at SSUMC
Starting on November 12, 2016, every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 10-12 pm volunteers distribute nonperishable food items, meat, and fresh produce at the Four Corners Campus location to dozens of Montgomery county families per week. The choice pantry model provides a shopping experience for the families we serve, ensuring that they can choose the foods that are best for their families based on what is available. This pantry is a partnership with Manna Food Center, and grows out of the long tradition of Arleeta’s Pantry at the Downtown campus. Food comes the Manna Food Center, Capital Area Food Bank, area supermarkets, and donations from the congregation.
Items needed on a regular basis include: canned soup, canned vegetables and fruit, boxes of cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned and dry pasta, rice, canned and dry beans, canned and dry pasta, rice and tuna and other canned meats.
Mobile Food Pantry
We participate in the Capital Area Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry Program, which delivers fresh produce at no cost to the sites, each of which provides the facility, a site manager and volunteers who help distribute the food. The Four Corners Campus of SSUMC is one of forty-two Mobile Food Pantry sites in the DC Metropolitan area. We distribute fresh produce to about 200 families at the site on the second Tuesday (2:30-5:00 pm) of each month.
We are always seeking volunteers for distribution on the second Tuesday (2:30-5:00 pm) of each month.
Smart Sacks is a program that gives a backpack of food to elementary school children at risk of hunger so they have food to eat on the weekends when there is no school lunch or breakfast. Manna Food Center, a nonprofit organization that fights hunger in Montgomery County, provides the food at no cost to the school or the community organization partner. We began a partnership with three area elementary schools at the beginning of the current school year. Each week members of the congregation take delivery of the food, package over 100 sacks of food and then deliver them to the schools while school is in session.
In February 2014, the church expanded with a new middle school initiative. In partnership with Sligo Middle School, the church prepares 25 sacks of food for delivery to the school every Wednesday.
Sandwich Making Ministry
We participate in Martha’s Table’s emergency food programs, which provide lunch and dinner daily to hundreds of homeless and low-income people. The programs rely heavily on donated sandwiches, canned goods and fresh produce to serve its clients meals throughout year. To help with that effort, volunteers meet at the Downtown Campus kitchen on the first Saturday (8:45a.m. – 9:30a.m.) to make sandwiches.
Shepherd’s Table is a nonprofit organization in downtown Silver Spring, supported by volunteers, religious organizations, government, businesses, foundations and individual donors. Members of the church volunteer with the setup and serving of dinner on the 3rd Wednesday of each month and brunch on the 5th Saturday. Shepard’s Table also provides free eye care and a clothes closet (men’s and women’s clothing, towels and items such as shampoo, toothpaste, shaving cream and deodorant).