Special Lenten Food Drive & Speaker: Ames Homeless/CONNECT Program
For the past three years, Collegiate/Wesley has held a coat drive on Palm Sunday. The coats were primarily taken to the middle school in Ames, where they were used as part of their homeless resources program. This year, though, we’ve been asked as a congregation to consider taking on a new challenge.
The program at the school district is undergoing a number of changes, and we have an opportunity to be one of the first congregations to work with the Homeless/CONNECT Program. Initially, we will be holding a food drive for the pantry at the Ames High School, something we’ll do about 3 times per year. This pantry exists to provide families with snacks and meals, especially for the weekends when there are no school-based meals, plus toiletries and essential clothing needs. Later, we will hopefully be partnering with one or more classrooms at the elementary level to provide classroom snacks.
Here’s a list of the shelf-stable items that have been requested. Where specific brand names have been requested (e.g. PopTarts), please donate only that brand and not a generic item. Donations may be brought to the church at any time during Lent through Palm Sunday (March 22) and placed in one of the shopping carts. (The sole exception would be *string cheese, which should be placed in either the Fireside Room refrigerator or the Wesley Hall refrigerator.)
- Gold Fish crackers
- Popcorn (microwave or pre-popped)
- Cookies (shelf-stable)
- Granola Bars
- Protein Bars
- Fruit Snacks
- Cereal (little boxes)
- Chips (little bags)
- Pudding Cups (non-refrigerated)
- Ritz Crackers
- Fruit Cups
- * String Cheese
- Teddy Grahams
- Graham Crackers
- Microwaveable Food (such as mac-n-cheese, Chef Boyardee, or any instant microwaveable cups)
Interested in learning more about the Homeless/CONNECT program? Sipele Pablo, who heads up the program, will be speaking at the Forum Class on Palm Sunday, March 20th. You can also read a brief description here.