Central Cares

Central Cares Ministry

Central Cares 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.   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 where we can purchase food and fresh vegetables and fruit at reduced prices which allows us to serve the needs of even more families.


The spiritual act of giving is important for all believers. The spiritual act of helping the poor is important for all believers. The missions committee and Central Cares are teaming up to give opportunities for these acts, while making it possible for Central to help more families from ARES and CELA, schools our church supports.  Each month we will feature one or two items for members at Central to bring that will help meet the needs of those we serve. You may put your items in the box in the narthex (outside the sanctuary to remind us that giving is a spiritual discipline) or in the box located just outside the Central Cares room on the hall of flags (to remind us that helping the poor is a spiritual discipline). During the month of February, we ask that you bring jars of peanut butter and jelly.  February is the month of LOVE, and most children LOVE peanut butter and jelly.   You may bring any kind and any size. THANK YOU FOR GIVING.                                                                                                                                                                                   Bev Cheville, missions                    Bobbie Denny, Central Cares

Sign up to serve the hungry by working at Second Harvest Food Bank to gain credits for the Central Cares Food Pantry here at Central.  See details here.

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.  You may also contribute here online.  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.



Bette Nazarchyk Honored for years of service to Central Cares Food Box Mission

Betty and Mark Nazarchyk, who will be honored at a reception Jan. 26 for their years of service leading Central Cares.