Central Cares

 Keep Pounding Food Donations piled up for Central Cares

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Betty and Mark Nazarchyk on winning day.

Central Cares Ministry is an outreach to our community resulting from Central United Methodist Church’s partnership with Albemarle Road Elementary School, Albemarle Road Middle School and Clear Creek Elementary.   Central Cares provides food to some 55 families.   Families are eligible to pick up a food package once a month to help them meet their food needs.

Food staples are brought in by our congregation each Sunday during the month for distribution to the families during the last week of the month.  When available, harvest from Central’s Community Garden will be distributed during the growing season. Central UMC is also a partner agency with Second Harvest Food Bank enabling us to purchase food at reduced prices and allowing us to help serve the needs of even more families in the community  surrounding the church.   Shopping lists are located on a table in the narthex.

During the first 8 months of 2016, 12,942 pounds of food was purchased by our food pantry at Second Harvest Food Bank. Our thrifty volunteer shoppers also purchased from local grocery stores for additional items needed to complete the food boxes.

The most needed items which can be donated to the food pantry at this time are macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, bath soap, laundry detergent and liquid dish soap.

Should you wish to contribute money to this ministry, please indicate “Central Cares” on your check and place in the offering plate or mail to Central United Methodist Church, 6030 Albemarle Road, Charlotte, NC 28212.  Further information can be obtained by calling the church office at 704-536-9157.

Central United Methodist Church is a partner agency of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM). SHFBM partners and distributes food and essential grocery items to approximately 550 hunger feeding agencies in 19 counties in North and South Carolina. Second harvest logo Agencies served include emergency pantries, soup kitchens, senior programs, shelters and low-income daycares.