Our mission is to feed all of God’s children — body, mind, and spirit — so that no one goes hungry. In non-pandemic times, we have many ministries that provide an opportunity to share God’s love by meeting the hunger needs of those in our community, as detailed below.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it’s not safe to operate most of our food ministries. We’re still hard at work though! We have volunteers sewing and donating masks, making and delivering casseroles, grocery shopping for those in high-risk groups, and support food security for people without steady income. Email Marie Matthews for more information about how to help! Find a short video here highlighting our local ministry partnership to make and deliver casseroles in March-May 2020.
Manna Food Center’s Choice Pantry at SSUMC
Every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm volunteers distribute nonperishable food items, meat, and fresh produce at the Four Corners Campus location to 120 Montgomery county residents. 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. Recipients must pre-register by contacting Manna Food Center the Friday before the pantry they want to attend.
The Congregation supports this ministry through volunteering in various positions from setting up, serving patrons, to break-down. Volunteers are always needed. To volunteer go to: : https://signup.com/go/zfBxCDD Please contact Megan O’Connor for additional information. Donations are also accepted to support special requests and low inventory: Ensure, baby formula, baby food, canned fruit, white rice, and canned salmon.
Mobile Food Pantry
We participate in the Capital Area Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry Program, which delivers fresh produce and groceries at no cost to sites, each 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; there are no referrals or registration required. The Four Corners Campus of SSUMC is one of 42 Mobile Market sites in the DC Metropolitan area.
We distribute approximately 7,000 pounds of fresh produce and groceries on the second Tuesday of each month. We serve over 100 households, 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 2:30 until 5:00 pm. For more information, please contact Anne Metcalf @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Lynne Waters @ email@example.com
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 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 ten years ago. Each week, on Wednesday at 11:00 am, members of the congregation and community volunteers take delivery of the food, package over 125 sacks of food and then deliver them to the schools while school is in session. Over the summer, volunteers pick up food from Manna Food Center, pack and deliver 150 bags for a local elementary school summer camp.
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).