Christ Church, Fort Lauderdale
Sunday, April 20, 2014

Carry Out for Kids

CARRY OUT FOR KIDS works with partner Broward County schools to send home food with children who are chronically hungry or food insecure. We provide food for children to take home over the weekend to help ensure they have the sustenance required to nourish their growing bodies, minds and spirits. Chronic hunger and food insecurity can be identified in a number of ways. Teachers and school staff may observe any of the following: a child who rushes food lines, eats quickly, regularly asks other students and teachers for food, and saves and hoards food to take home.
 
 

HOW IT WORKS | WHAT WE NEED | VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

CARRY OUT FOR KIDS is housed at the Christ Church Ministry Center in Pompano Beach. Our ministry gathers food through food donations and food drives, as well as purchases with monetary donations. A team of volunteers coordinates with the schools to identify the number of bags needed each week, and then packs and delivers the bags to the schools. The School Liaison or School Volunteer accepts the delivery, stores and distributes the sacks every Thursday. We also coordinate holiday deliveries with each school.

We need volunteers to help shop for supplies and to sort and stock groceries.  This activity happens at 11am the last Saturday of every month.  Soon, we will receive our supplies by truck, and then we will need people to unload, sort and stock our supplies.  

We also would ask you to consider being a prayer partner for Carry Out for Kids.  We would ask prayer partners to pray specifically for the children served.   We will give you three names of children and ask that you pray for their physical, emotional and spiritual welfare, and that they will come to realize there is a God who loves them and who knows their names.   We need volunteers to pray for faithful servants, for gracious and generous donors and for volunteers who remain joyful and uplifted in service. 

For more information on CARRY OUT FOR KIDS, contact Maggie Hamberger by email.
 
 
CRITICAL ITEMS NEEDED:
We always need peanut butter in 12- to 18-ounce plastic jars (no glass, please), 15-ounce cans of ravioli, cans of tuna or chicken, and small packages -- usually 6- to 8-ounces in a three-pack -- of shelf-stable milk.  Other items we consistently need inc
  • Vienna Sausages
  • 100% real fruit juice boxes (100% Juicy Juice, etc. No pouches, please. Pouches are easily punctured.)
  • Boxes of macaroni and cheese
  • Cans of tomato or chicken noodle soup
 
OTHER ITEMS NEEDED: 
  • 4 oz multi-pack fruit cups (usually come 4-6 in a package, and not in jello)
  • 4 oz multi-pack applesauce (usually come 4-6 in a package)
  • Nature Valley granola bars (no Rice Krispie Treats, please)
  • Peanut Butter crackers
  • Individual size boxes of cereal (Kellogg's, General Mills, etc.) 
  • Snack size boxes of raisins or "Craisins"
  • Gift cards for Walmart, BJ's, Publix and Winn-Dixie
  • Please no candy, cookies, gum, chips/pretzels or toys.

CRITICAL VOLUNTEER NEEDS:
  • DELIVERY TEAM: Help deliver bins of ready-to-go bagged groceries for at-risk children at our Title 1 partner schools. Deliveries are usually made on Thursdays, starting at 9am sharp from the Pompano Beach campus. The time commitment is approximately about 1½ - 2 hours. Large cars or SUV’s are helpful, and volunteers must be able to repeatedly lift up to 20 pounds. Please note that it's not necessary for volunteers to be available every week. To volunteer, or for more information, please contact the church office at 954.771.7300 to be put in touch with Delivery Team Leader, Tom Kellermeyer.
 
VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTIONS:
  • SHOPPERS: Monthly or bi-monthly shopping trips, stock and sort items, take items back to project room at Christ Church Pompano Beach site. Break down cardboard containers and clean up the room and dispose of trash.
  • BAG ASSEMBLY: Fill plastic bags with non-perishables from Christ Church Pompano Beach project room. Fill delivery bins with assembled bags. When finished, clean up room.
  • FOOD DRIVES: Assist with handing out brown bags or flyers after church services,  and help collect, transport, sort and stock the donated items. 
  • COMMUNITY LIAISON VOLUNTEERS:
    1. Contact stores (Publix, Winn-Dixie, Albertson’s) to organize food drives on their premises.
    2. Contact municipalities (city commissioners, etc), service groups (Jaycees, Rotary, etc) schools (public and private), restaurants, local businesses, the VFW, Boy/Girl Scouts--to generate public interest, corporate giving (resource, volunteers, charity nights).
    3. Help assemble a team to run a food drive at your workplace or neighborhood, and return the collected food to the Pompano Campus.
    4. Contact other churches to do the same or to help them start a pilot program in their school districts.
  • GRANT/ FUNDING SEARCHES: Use available resources (Internet, public listings, and local libraries) to find and apply for money to fund the work of CARRY OUT FOR KIDS.