Our mission is to feed all of God’s children — body, mind, and spirit — so that no one goes hungry. We have ministries that provide an opportunity to share God’s love by meeting the physical hunger needs of those in our community.
Drive-Thru Mobile Food Pantry
We are excited that the drive-through mobile pantry will be located at SSUMC on the first Thursday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. SSUMC is one of 42 Mobile Market sites in the DC Metropolitan area.
We participate in the Capital Area Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry Program, which delivers fresh produce and groceries at no cost to sites, eah of which provides the facility, a site manager, and volunteers who distribute the food to the community. Everyone is welcome to receive a share of the food provided; ther are no referrals or registration required.
We distribute approximately 7,000 pounds of fresh produce and groceries on the first Thursday of each month. We serve over 100 household, and we need about 20 volunteers each month for this ministry. Adults and high school students are encouraged to come and work with us from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will receive SSL hours.
Smart Sacks is a program that gives a backpack of food to area elementary school children at risk of hunger so they have food to eat on the weekends when there is no breakfast or school lunch. 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 elementary schools (Pinecrest Elemenaty School, Oak View Elementary School, and New Hampshire Estates Elementary School) ten years ago. Each week, on Wednesday at 11 a.m., members of the congregation and community volunteers take delivery of the food, package over 125 sacks of food and then delivers them to the schools. Over the summer, volunteers pick up food from Manna Food Center, pack and deliver 150 bags for a local elementary school summer camp.
For more information about Smart Sacks, please contact Wendy Kent.
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 third Wednesday of each month. 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). For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Debbie Boger.