Nership With Lincoln University
One of our wildly important goals for this church is to create a vibrant partnership with the students and staff at Lincoln University. In the fall of 2019, we met together and identified four goals that we will work to achieve by 2024:
Help increase graduation rate by 3%
Have 20 1:1 mentor relationships between FUMC and LU students.
Host 1 Bible study on campus.
Facilitate 10 events linking LU to Jefferson City.
Once we identified our goals, we figured out a path to get there:
Help to decrease freshman drop-out rate by 20%
Help to increase freshman retention rate by 20%
Have annual meetings with LU Administration to review goals.
Meet with student leaders twice per year to review goals.
Host 8 on-campus elbow events
Adopt 10 LU students
Give away 20 all-you-need boxes during operation move-in every year.
Host racial/diversity training for FUMC
If you would like to serve within our Lincoln University partnership, please contact Pastor Trevor: .
I’m Thankful For The Fresh Food Pantry My Family Gets A Meal Every Night With Fresh Produce
Families should not have to choose between healthy food and paying rent. The Salvation Army provides more than 156,000 nutritious meals for seniors, children, and families in the U.S. every day.
The Salvation Army fights hunger in our community through:
Every day we’re providing meals to families in shelters, people living on the streets, and those unsure of where their next meal will come from.
How Does A Food Pantry Work
Food Banks acquire large donations of edible but unmarketable food from the food industry and distribute it to organizations that feed hungry people. Then they provide this food to family in a need.
Our vision is simplebring financial security, dignity, and savings to the millions experiencing financial stress.
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Catholic Charities Holds Grand Opening Friday For Food Pantry
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri held a grand opening Friday for its food pantry and community resource center, in Jefferson City.
The food pantry is also set to open at 10 a.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday. Around 10:30 a.m. Friday the charity said 20 food pantry orders had been filled, and at least 100 people had came to the Jefferson City location to utilize the resources.
Catholic Charities said what sets the new food pantry apart from others is the food pantry is set up like a small grocery store and people can choose items themselves. Some organizations give people food boxes with preselected items. The pantry uses a SmartChoice software that allow member to place online grocery orders for pick up. Members can also use points they receive based on household size to shop monthly.
One woman who used the pantry Friday said it gives people a peace of mind who might feel embarrassed for seeking help. Catholic Charities Executive Director Dan Lester says his favorite part about Friday was seeing everyone’s reaction.
“Having that ability to see our neighbors actually coming in and getting those services that we want to provide to them, it’s really rewarding,” Lester said.
In addition to a food pantry, guests were also able to take advantage of the community resource fair with over 30 agencies providing different resources.
The agencies included:
Ner In Education: Thorpe Gordon Elementary
Contact: Vera Rhea
Our relationship with Thorpe Gordon Elementary School began in 1999 when the school counselor and the school nurse were both FUMC members and in the same Sunday School class. They identified a need at the school and their Sunday class met that need by purchasing a washer and dryer that continues to be used daily by the staff for the student needs. The relationship evolved over the years and we became an official Partner in Education in 2010.
Throughout the school year, FUMC has a presence at Thorpe Gordon through the following efforts:
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One For One Food Drive Is Wednesday In Columbia/jefferson City Zimmer Radio Group Will Have Live Reports
The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri says the need to address hunger never goes away.
Wednesday is your opportunity to donate food or money to help hungry residents across the 32-county service area. Food Bank president Lindsey Young Lopez says the Commerce Bank One for One food drive is happening at a key time.
We have seen people who needed help from the food bank, from partner agencies, for the very first time in their lives, Lopez says.
Zimmer Radio Group is sponsoring the One for One food drive, which will take place tomorrow outside Columbia Mall and Jefferson Citys Orscheln.
What resonates with me, what makes this job meaningful to me, is the fact that any one of us can become food insecure at any time. Were just one tragic accident or event or life circumstance away from being that person who needs help, says Lopez.
939 the Eagle will have live reports from Columbia Mall tomorrow from 6 am until 6 pm.
The food bank serves 7,500 children weekly through the buddy pack program and school pantries. The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri is the only food bank in the state that provides food to partner agencies at no charge.
What Is The Difference Between A Food Bank And A Food Pantry
Independent community food pantries are self-governing and usually distribute food to their clients on a once-a-month basis. A food bank is the storehouse for millions of pounds of food and other products that go out to the community. A food pantry functions as the arms that reach out to that community directly.
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Testimonials From Our Guests:
|“I have learned skills in the kitchen and my kids are learning to cook as well. I wasn’t taught how to cook while growing up so teaching my kids something this important makes me feel like a better mom” “Having all the ingredients provided to us makes it easier for our family to have a meal together and we feel closer” “Thank you for allowing us to get extra chicken to cook for a lot of people, after the tornado hit our neighborhood. I had a grill and cooked the chicken and all the neighbors brought anything they could so it wouldn’t spoil. We all needed to support each other and the cook out helped us be there for each other”||“Since the tornado hit my sister’s house, her and her family come to stay with us, we were able to feed a houseful of people with really good food and it helped them feel better after losing so much””I love The Pantry because this is food that I can eat. I have Crohn’s disease, so I can’t eat all the processed foods other places give out” Rebecca”As a military wife, it is hard to make ends meet sometimes. When my husband is away for so long, he worries about us. I appreciate you all for being so kind and not making me feel embarrassed because we need a little extra help sometimes”|
Catholic Charities Unveils A Client
JEFFERSON CITY Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri hosted a “soft opening” on Wednesday for its new food pantry which will serve Cole County residents.
The goal of CCCNMO’s pantry is to make shoppers feel like they’re at a grocery store instead of a food pantry.
The soft opening allowed Catholic Charities Health and Nutrition staff to streamline workflows, assess needs and test software before the grand opening sometime in March.
Clients shop at the food pantry grocery model.
This food pantry is considered unique since it will serve as a full-service client-choice grocery model. This allows for people to shop for food in person during regular pantry hours, which are Mondays and Wednesdays in the evenings and Fridays and Saturdays during the day.
The food pantry will utilize SmartChoice, an online food pantry ordering platform. This is another innovative system that was tested Wednesday.
Food Programs Coordinator Lori Stoll said CCCNMO is the first to have this system in Missouri.
“So we have a lot we need to tweak,” Stoll said.
Stoll said that food pantries are usually not set up like grocery models, and most do not offer an online option like SmartChoice.
The web-based SmartChoice software allows clients to create orders for pick-ups. Food pantry staff will be able to manage inventory in real time with the help of the software.
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Homelessness Prevention & Emergency Assistance Programs
The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to help with mortgage/rent, utility bills, clothing, medication bills, and other needs in order to keep families in their homes. For more information or support: contact our Corps Community Center, call the United Way Emergency assistance hotline at 211.
Annual Columbia Event That Gets Food To Veterans Expands To Jefferson City
An annual event that supports Veterans is returning to Columbia and expanding for the first time to Jefferson City this year.
The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri is hosting its Hope for Heroes 5K Saturday, June 25. Director of Communications and Marketing Katie Adkins says all proceeds from the event will go toward programming targeting Veterans, noting theyre more like to experience food insecurity than non-Veterans.
Adkins says the Columbia event helps them serve Veterans in 13 of the Food Banks 32 counties, including Audrain, Boone, Callaway, and Cole counties.
We do about 500 boxes to Veterans each month. We want to expand the Hope For Heroes Race so we have additional funding so we can expand that program and start covering other counties in our service area too.
Adkins says in addition to the events in Columbia and Jefferson City, theyll continue to offer virtual participation this year.
We found people participated from areas that we didnt think that people would necessarily participate in. People who had been involved in Columbia and who had may said, Oh, I didnt think that I could continue to participate in this event. So, we kept the virtual option and we have a lot of people who maybe are going on vacation or something like that during the event but they actually want to continue to participate and support it, so they sign up for the virtual option and then they run or walk wherever they are.
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Food Banks And Pantries In Jefferson County Missouri
Families that are facing hunger in Jefferson County Missouri can turn to a local pantry. There are over 10 locations in the community that can offer help in the form of a free hot meal and/or a box of groceries. While the pantries do help families that are facing an emergency, if the client needs long term support they can be referred to USDA programs such as WIC or SNAP food stamps.
The food pantries in Jefferson County do focus on providing groceries to thousands of low income families each year. There may be soups, canned meats or fruits, dairy, infant formula, and more. In addition, some of them offer clients other goods. But there will never be a guarantee as to what a family or individual may be given it always depends on what is donated.
In addition to the free food, when available there can be personal hygiene items, clothing, and some pantries operates services such as Meals on Wheels. No matter the need, one of these pantries may be able to help.
Hillsboro Food PantryLocation is 10399 Business 21Hillsboro, Missouri, 63050The location is open 10:30 a.m – 1 p.m. Thursdays.
Peace PantryAddress is 6672 Veterans DriveCedar Hill, Missouri, 63016636-285-0934The hours of this charity are 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and it is also open 9 a.m. – noon Thursdays. Perishable food such as fruits and dairy may be available along with canned supplies.
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Client choice pantries are a little bit different, allowing people seeking food assistance to choose for themselves what products they receive, rather than being presented with a pre-selected and packaged assortment of food.
Following the client choice model is important to us, because we care about the individuals and families who come to our pantry and believe that client choice is a way to show that we care enough to serve them in a dignified and personal manner.
VISIT THE PANTRY TO SET UP YOUR MEMBERSHIPSetting up your membership is easy! Come with your I.D. and one piece of mail for proof of address. If you don’t have these items, come anyway, and our staff can help navigate your membership. Once you’re signed up, you can shop in person or use the SmartChoice platform online to order your grocery items and schedule a pick-up time.
SHOP ONLINE WITH SMART CHOICEIf you have a pantry membership set up, you can scan the QR code on your card, or Orders can be placed one day ahead of regular pantry hours and can be picked up on-site at 1015 Edmonds Street. If you have any questions or need help with online ordering, give us a call at 573-635-7719.
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Thanksgiving And Christmas Meals
The Salvation Army provides Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for families unable to create a special meal themselves. We serve homemade dinners at our facility. For Christmas we provide a voucher for people who sign up for toy shop. This helps for families to purchase items for their Christmas Meal and allows them to choose for their needs.
How The Pantry Works
The Jefferson City pantry utilizes a software platform known as Smart Choice.
This is for inventory and assigns a point system to items available in the pantry. It also allows for online ordering by pantry clients.
“So when people shop, they can practice budgeting skills and keep track of points as they go,” Lester said. “It also allows us to have people come into the pantry much more regularly to shop.”
The number of monthly points a person or family has is based on household size and composition and follows the federal nutritional guidelines from MyPlate, according to the fact sheet.
The pantry also is arranged much like a grocery store, so instead of a person being handed a box of food, they can select what they want. When people are given a box of food, there’s a chance it may include items they do not like or items they are allergic to, Lester said.
“Client choice food pantries are really becoming the best practice. It’s not always a reality, but when you have the capability to do it, we felt that was the way we wanted to go in,” he said. “People being allowed to make choices for themselves really respects their inherent dignity as individuals.”
When clients are making their own food choices, it also lets the pantry tailor its food orders to those choices, Lester said.
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