We always need extra help at our garden project which grows food for the Arlington Community Services food pantry. Please contact Alice at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about volunteer opportunities. No experience needed. She will meet you at the garden and show you what needs to be done. The more volunteers we have, the more food we can grow for our neighbors in need!
Wow! You did it. You contributed 3001 pounds of groceries to Arlington Food Pantry. This is 50% increase over 2016 contributions. Please pat yourselves on the back for your efforts. The goal was arbitrary but showed the importance of a goal. What should our gal be for 2018?
This measurement of contributions does not include the contributions of Arlington Community Garden, which is a joint project with Tree Hill Nature Center where the garden resides.
While we still want to reach 3,000 pounds hopefully this Sunday, the focus of this collection is to raise cash for Arlington Community Services (ACS). ACS does more than manage a food pantry for its neediest residents . They have recreational activities as well as academic and social counseling. While they have limited funding, they also assist their clients with overdue bills when resources are available. We are trying to fund this basket of services with the Special Collection so we are looking for as much cash as you can part with. When locals come to UUCJ for help, we refer them to Arlington Community Services. Before starting special collections program, we use to budget $1,000 in our the UUCJ annual budget. We now have special collection in lieu of the budget item. Yes, also bring the food if you can.
Any member or guest interested in UUCJ’s environmental efforts is encouraged to attend. Brief updates will be given and future plans discussed. All are welcomed!
We are on pace to donate 1500 pounds of foodstuffs by June 30. We are currently at 1440 pounds as of June 12 delivery to ACS Food Bank.
If we keep this pace, we can make 3,000 pounds by December 31. We did little over 2,000 last year and that required a last minute run to BJ’s. Keep up the good work and thanks for your generosity to those in need.
Saturday, February 11th (10-1)
Meet at UUCJ’s garden (growing food for pantries) located at Tree Hill Nature Center (7152 Lone Star Road 32211-East Entrance) to help us tend the beds. Tools provided. Bathrooms on site. Wear work clothes and bring gloves if you have them. The more help we have, the more food we can grow!
Saturday, January 7th (10-1)
Note: This event has been cancelled.
The Arlington Community Services (ACS) food bank is always in need of more food to distribute to Arlington residents in need. We challenge our members to each bring a can a week to the church. The donations are collected in a bin and on shelves located outside the Sanctuary doors on Sunday mornings, so you can easily leave your donations as you enter the service. The list of needed items is as follows:
- canned meats
- dry beans
- green peas
- cold cereal
- dry milk packets
- pork and beans
- plain rice