Naples Adventist Church becomes a Food Bank Distribution Location for our Community
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me" (Matt. 25:35)
We are excited to announce, that through partnership with Midwest Food Bank and Meals of Hope, the Naples Adventist Church will be a source of food distribution each month. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lord has provided us an amazing opportunity to serve our community and provide for some of the basic needs many face. Each month, on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, we will receive cartons of food from Midwest Food Bank in Ft. Myers. The boxes will be transported to the church for organizing and packing into containers for distribution. The prepared containers will be handed out that following Friday through our church parking lot.
First and Foremost is Safety for All
We understand that although our community at large is beginning to re-open after the pandemic, that there are still many precautions that must be taken to insure the safety of all participants and recipients. We have arranged for 2 days of preparing and packing food, to allow for a limited group to work with social distancing maintained. Gloves and masks will be worn at all times, and available for all who volunteer. (If you have your own gloves and masks, we ask you bring what you have!)
Upon distribution of the food on Friday, we will have a system in place to insure social distancing of those handing out food, we will load the containers of food in the recipients cars with zero contact required from the recipients, and all team members will have masks and gloves throughout distribution.
We have a number of opportunities available for volunteering and serving in this ministry. Each 2nd Tuesday of the month, up to 5 pallets of food will be received from Midwest Food Bank and brought to the church. We are seeking teams to help organize and prepare the boxes of food for distribution on the Wednesday and Thursday of that week, from 6:00-7:30pm, following the receipt of the food. Then, on the Friday of that same week, a team is necessary to help direct traffic, load up the food boxes, provide prayer for those that request it, and organize any left over items for the following month. All upcoming dates for box preparation and distribution can be found on the signup link below (and above).
Below is the sign up link for anyone that would like to volunteer. We look forward to serving our community with you.
Don't feel comfortable volunteering and still want to help this ministry?
We understand that many of us are still uncomfortable in social settings with COVID-19 a part of our community, and yet you still want to help and support our food bank ministry. If that is the case, we might suggest that the opportunity to support our ministry financially, allowing us to purchase the supplies to prepare this food, and even purchase fresh food to give out as well, that may not be available each time from Midwest. If you would like to support our ministry with a financial donation, you can do that through our giving app Tithe.ly.
Just click here to go to our giving page, or directly through the Tithe.ly app, select "Naples Church: Food Bank Distribution" from the Give To drop down box.
Thank you for your support!
Upcoming Dates Still Available
Wednesday 1/13 6:00-7:30pm Food Packing
Thursday 1/14 6:00-7:30pm Food Packing
Friday 1/15 4:00-6:30pm Food Distribution
Wednesday 2/10 6:00-7:30pm Food Packing
Thursday 2/11 6:00-7:30pm Food Packing
Friday 2/12 4:00-6:30pm Food Distribution
Wednesday 3/10 6:00-7:30pm Food Packing
Thursday 3/11 6:00-7:30pm Food Packing
Friday 3/12 4:00-6:30pm Food Distribution
Wednesday 4/14 6:00-7:30pm Food Packing
Thursday 4/15 6:00-7:30pm Food Packing
Friday 4/16 4:00-6:30pm Food Distribution
Wednesday 5/12 6:00-7:30pm Food Packing
Thursday 5/13 6:00-7:30pm Food Packing
Friday 5/14 4:00-6:30pm Food Distribution
Wednesday 6/9 6:00-7:30pm Food Packing
Thursday 6/10 6:00-7:30pm Food Packing
Friday 6/11 4:00-6:30pm Food Distribution