Food Security

L.O.V.E Thy Neighbor

The L.O.V.E. Thy Neighbor program is a local outreach of FUMC to address a need for weekend meals among hungry people in our community. Every Saturday morning we provide non-perishable lunch supplies to those in need of food assistance in conjunction with the St. Andrew’s Breakfast Program. People can help in one of three ways: volunteer, donate food, or support the program financially. Friday evening volunteers help make PB&J sandwiches and repack bulk foods for that week’s distribution. Saturday morning volunteers help distribute food during the St. Andrew’s Breakfast and to help transport the food between FUMC and St. Andrew’s). No experience is necessary and we welcome new volunteers to join us any week!

Contact: Jodi Kozma

*Family friendly, youth volunteers welcome

Circles of Washtenaw County

Circles pairs low-income participants (leaders) with middle to upper income allies to build relationships and work together to bring the leader out of poverty. They meet weekly and FUMC volunteers supply a meal twice a year for all participants. Volunteers meet about two times a year to prepare and serve dinner for participants of the Friends in Deed Circles program. Meals are served at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on Washtenaw Ave.

https://www.friendsindeedmi.org/circles/

Contact:  Linda LaBarre

Mind the Gap

This is a group of people who are passionate about learning about and solving the food insecurity issues in our community and Michigan. We also showcase local organizations at our meetings that serve the needs of people who do not have adequate access to nutritious food and face other barriers to reaching and maintaining good health. We established FUMC’s participation in Bread for the World’s annual Offering of Letters campaign which is an opportunity to advocate for key federal funding and policies that help support people of all ages experiencing hunger and/or food insecurity. The Bread for the World Offering of Letters campaign happens annually. Contact us to learn more about participating.

Contact: Lynn Palacios

Hope Clinic

The food outreach program, for which volunteers are needed, has been extremely active in this COVID-19 period. Hope Clinic offers hot “to go” meals to consumers every evening (5-6 p.m.) except for Wednesdays and Fridays. Volunteers are needed for the 4th Thursday of each month at the clinic, 3-6:30 p.m. and at various other times throughout the week sorting and distributing food boxes.

https://thehopeclinic.org/

Contact: Mark Giesler is the liaison from FUMC with Hope Clinic. Emmeline Weinert is the Food Programs and Communication Manager at Hope Clinic

Community Action Network (CAN)

The Community Action Network (CAN), a non-profit community organization, serves under resourced families living in Washtenaw County.  CAN advocates for low income families with schools, community service providers, and government agencies.  They provide educational and life skills programs for children and teens, and supportive housing services for families living in the complex, as well as working to build community within the areas they serve.

https://www.canwashtenaw.org/

Contact: Chris Nelson (serves on the board)

Crop Walk

The annual Washtenaw/Ann Arbor CROP Hunger Walk involves walkers and supporters raising funds to help those who are hungry. People from various faiths and groups in a community wide event and walkers of all ages walking a 1.8 mile route on a fall Sunday afternoon. Of the funds raised, 25% support hunger relief efforts in our community and 75% supports worldwide hunger relief work of Church World Service.

https://www.crophungerwalk.org/annarbormi/

Contact: Spring Jackson, Lynn Palacios

*Family friendly, youth volunteers welcome