Through April 12, the Ridge is asking you to BRING some specific non-perishable food items and to CONTRIBUTE $1 to help feed families in need through Christian Help of Morgantown.

Why? In 2014, Christian Help spent $13,888 to supplement the pantry. Food donations and cash contributions to Christian Help and the Food Pantry come in throughout the year, but the food donations don’t cover the needs, requiring the organization to use some of their cash donations to stock the pantry’s shelves. With other state-wide and Morgantown-area food pantries struggling to make ends meet and keep their doors open, Christian Help is anticipating an increase in the number of families and individuals who may turn to them for assistance.

Food Pantry and Community Impact Coordinator Kef Howard says “most of the families served by the pantry are known as ‘the working poor.’ ” She explained that “they are people who have a job, but are struggling to buy food after paying their basic bills.”

Howard has found that the majority of the 3,585 people helped in 2014, were working parents, single moms, and dads raising kids who were able to meet their basic expenses —  like paying their utilities, putting gas in their car to get to work, paying their rent or mortgage, and making their car payment. As was the case in 2014 and what continues into 2015, these parents find there is little money left over at the end of the month. As a result, many of these families cut back on the quantity and quality of food they buy for their family. They come to the Christian Help Food Pantry to get a little extra help.

Those in need can come to the pantry once every other month to receive a three-day supply of food for each member of their household. Each household receives canned meats, canned fruit and peanut butter, and those with children also receive a three-day supply of powdered or shelf-stable milk for each child.

Christian Help, Inc., is one of the strategic partners of Chestnut Ridge Church. We’ve chosen to come alongside this organization to help make a difference in our community, and donating to the CRC Food Drive is one of the ways we can each make an impact. Donations of all kinds are appreciated, but during this event, we’re specifically working to stock the pantry’s shelves with:

*canned meat (tuna, chicken, salmon, ham)
*canned fruit
*peanut butter
*powdered or shelf-stable milk

*We’re also asking you to consider making a $1 donation to help offset food pantry costs for 2015.

All food and dollar donations will be collected in the lobby at the Ridge through April 12, and then given to Christian Help. Donations can be brought to the church during the Saturday night and Sunday morning weekend services, or they can be dropped off at the church office during business hours through the week.

Separate from the donations to Christian Help but still a part of the Ridge’s commitment to being intentional about changing our community and the world, the Ridge is also collecting specific items for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes throughout the year. When it comes time in November to fill shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse to ship to children around the world, it’s our plan to have an abundance of items already collected, enabling us to exceed the 2000 boxes we shipped in 2014. As a part of that effort, you can also drop off the following shoebox items during the Food Drive:

*boxes of sandwich-sized, sealable baggies

Together, we CAN make a difference in our community and in the world!


UPDATE:   WBOY, Channel 12, visited the church to profile the Food Drive on the station’s news.
Watch their report by clicking here.