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Community Thanksgiving Food Program: FEED A FAMILY

Delivery Day (400 x 301)Delivery Day, November 23, began with check out instructions, a devotion and prayer. The lyrics of Sara Groves’ song “ADD TO THE BEAUTY” set the tone for what was being accomplished through the collaborative effort of the local community that they serve.

The song says beauty comes in small inspirations and it brings redemption to life and work…that beauty comes in loving community and helping a soul find its worth. It is grace and an invitation; calling out the best of who we are.

FEED A FAMILY supplied the invitation to churches, businesses and organizations to encourage their folks to pick a Turkey Tag that represented a local family in need of food help at Thanksgiving. As individuals accepted the invitation, 345 families in Stevensville, Chester, Grasonville and Queenstown received an abundance of food for the holiday and beyond! Our local schools were invited to hold food drives and because of their participation, we could supplement larger families and have enough to pass on to 5 church food pantries that help folks all year long. Many donated Grocery Store Gift Cards that has enabled us to help support those giving Christmas Food Baskets.

2013 FEED A FAMILY had 13 churches, 9 organizations/businesses, 8 schools and hundreds of volunteers buying, giving, sorting, packing, checking, and delivering food for our local community. Blessing and thanks go to local businesses that help us with setting up…..EbbTide Tent Rentals, Victory Packaging, RJH Heat and Air Conditioning, Lowery’s Fresh Produce and Farmer John’s and Walgreens. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity of time, talent, treasure and witness.

And as the song ends for this year…THANK YOU for adding to the beauty, to tell a better story and shine with the light that burns inside. Kent Island, Grasonville and Queenstown is a beautiful place to live!

FEED ~ A ~ FAMILY Community Thanksgiving Food Program

FEED ~ A ~ FAMILY Community Thanksgiving Food Program that is sponsored by local churches and supported by the local community has begun it’s preparations for another year of serving folks in the communities of Stevensville, Chester, Grasonville and Queenstown.

Thanks to all the churches, businesses and organizations that have agreed to display Turkey Tags representing a family that is requesting help with food for Thanksgiving.

People throughout the community are invited to choose a tag or two and follow the directions on the tag for making up a box of food for a family and bringing it to our receiving site.

Last year the FEED ~ A ~FAMILY team delivered boxes and frozen turkeys to over 300 families in our area and with help from FEED ~ A ~ FAMILY Food Drives from several of our schools, scouts and smaller churches, we supplemented larger families, and helped with other outreaches over the holidays.

Volunteers are always welcomed with many ways to participate: displaying tags at your location, choosing a tag, having a food drive, being part of the work or delivery team. If you would like to help in this year’s Community Thanksgiving Food Program, please call Bobbie Bell at 410 829 9834.

If you would like to receive a box of food for Thanksgiving, please call 410 827 7588 or 410 827 6700 by November 13, 2013. You can also sign up on October 19 at the Queen Anne’s County Christian Assistance Emergency Food Pantry located at Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church in Stevensville.

FEED ~ A ~ FAMILY Delivery will be Saturday, November 23, by 2:00pm.

Lend a Hand: FEED ~ A ~ FAMILY Community Thanksgiving Food Program

feed a family (400 x 300)FEED ~ A ~ FAMILY Community Thanksgiving Food Program that is sponsored by local churches and supported by the local community has begun it’s preparations for another year of serving folks in the communities of Stevensville, Chester, Grasonville and Queenstown.

Thanks to all the churches, businesses and organizations that have agreed to display Turkey Tags representing a family that is requesting help with food for Thanksgiving.

People throughout the community are invited to choose a tag or two and follow the directions on the tag for making up a box of food for a family and bringing it to our receiving site.

Last year the FEED ~ A ~FAMILY team delivered boxes and frozen turkeys to over 300 families in our area and with help from FEED ~ A ~ FAMILY Food Drives from several of our schools, scouts and smaller churches, we supplemented larger families, and helped with other outreaches over the holidays.

Volunteers are always welcomed with many ways to participate: displaying tags at your location, choosing a tag, having a food drive, being part of the work or delivery team. If you would like to help in this year’s Community Thanksgiving Food Program, please call Bobbie Bell at 410 829 9834.

If you would like to receive a box of food for Thanksgiving, please call 410 827 7588 or 410 827 6700 by November 13, 2013. You can also sign up on October 19 at the Queen Anne’s County Christian Assistance Emergency Food Pantry located at Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church in Stevensville.

FEED ~ A ~ FAMILY Delivery will be Saturday, November 23, by 2:00pm.

Thanksgiving Food Program Community Report

Dear Pastors and Friends,

Thanks so much for the great support your participation has given our local community.

It continues to be an avenue for people to reach out to their neighbors at the start of this season of giving. I am always humbled at the generosity of people, especially when they can contribute their time, talent and gifts, as well as their money!

This year we had 13 churches and 7 community groups displaying tags.

Special Thanks go to Douglas Development for Room 6, Victory Packaging for boxes, EbbTide for tables, Lowery’s and Farmer John’s for produce, RJH Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Service for the freezer truck, Walgreens for recycle bags and The Narrows Restaurant. Can’t do it without you!

KIHS Annex, Matapeake Elementary, Bayside and Kent Island Elementary, Grasonville Elementary, Lighthouse Christian Academy, Calvary and Wye of Carmichael UMC and the Girl Scouts @ Safeway all led food drives that helped larger families get extra food. Can’t do it without you!

We welcomed some new volunteers and groups: Chesapeake Moms Club and the Kent Island Office of Annapolis Pediatrics who picked families to provide for, came during the week to help and delivered boxes! Working together, of course, with the great group of adults and teens who come yearly and do a most excellent, wonderful job! Thanks to everyone, we got it done again!! Can’t do it without you!

Delivery day went smoothly.

By November 22, 302 local families received food boxes and turkeys or hot meals. Counting the people in each family…..1105 adults and children were blessed!

We had some miscellaneous food left and it was passed on to St. Christopher’s Outreach, Our Mother of Sorrows, and some sent to Crisfield with KIUMC’s clean up team.

As always, in Christ,
Bobbie Bell

 

Feed-A-Family Thanksgiving Food Program

The FEED-A-FAMILY Thanksgiving Food Program, operating in Queen Anne’s County has been providing food boxes for families for twenty years. The program serves folks in Stevensville, Chester, Grasonville and Queenstown, delivering food and turkeys the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Last year nearly a thousand individuals benefited from this program.

Many local churches, businesses and organizations will display FEED-A-FAMILY Turkey Tags. We invite people throughout the community to choose a Turkey Tag from the tree and follow the directions on the tag for making up a box of food for a family.

If you would be interested in helping you could: Display Turkey Tags at your church or business, be on our work or delivery team, donate grocery store gift cards, or pray for another successful year of serving folks in our area.

Grocery cards could be sent to KIUMC, PO Box 308, Chester, MD, 21619 with attention to Thanksgiving Program.

If you would like to volunteer to help in this year’s Thanksgiving Food Program, please call Bobbie Bell at 410 827 5345.

If you would like to receive a box of food for Thanksgiving, please call 410 827 7588 or 410 827 6700 before November 5, 2012. Delivery will be Saturday, November 17, by 2:00pm

Feed-a-Family Thanksgiving Program

The FEED-A-FAMILY Thanksgiving Food Program, operating in Queen Anne’s County has been providing food boxes for families for twenty years. The program serves folks in Stevensville, Chester, Grasonville and Queenstown, delivering food and turkeys the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Last year nearly a thousand individuals benefited from this program.

Many local churches, businesses and organizations will display FEED-A-FAMILY Turkey Tags. We invite people throughout the community to choose a Turkey Tag from the tree and follow the directions on the tag for making up a box of food for a family.

If you would be interested in helping you could: Display Turkey Tags at your church or business, be on our work or delivery team, donate grocery store gift cards, or pray for another successful year of serving folks in our area.

Grocery cards could be sent to KIUMC, PO Box 308, Chester, MD, 21619 with attention to Thanksgiving Program.

If you would like to volunteer to help in this year’s Thanksgiving Food Program, please call Bobbie Bell at 410 827 5345.

If you would like to receive a box of food for Thanksgiving, please call 410 827 7588 or 410 827 6700 before November 5, 2012. Delivery will be Saturday, November 17, by 2:00pm

FEED-A-FAMILY Thanksgiving Food Program

The FEED-A-FAMILY Thanksgiving Food Program, operating in Queen Anne’s County has been providing food boxes for families for twenty years. The program serves folks in Stevensville, Chester, Grasonville and Queenstown, delivering food and turkeys the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Last year nearly a thousand individuals benefited from this program.

Many local churches, businesses and organizations will display FEED-A-FAMILY Turkey Tags. We invite people throughout the community to choose a Turkey Tag from the tree and follow the directions on the tag for making up a box of food for a family.

If you would be interested in helping you could: Display Turkey Tags at your church or business, be on our work or delivery team, donate grocery store gift cards, or pray for another successful year of serving folks in our area.

Grocery cards could be sent to KIUMC, PO Box 308, Chester, MD, 21619 with attention to Thanksgiving Program.

If you would like to volunteer to help in this year’s Thanksgiving Food Program, please call Bobbie Bell at 410 827 5345.

If you would like to receive a box of food for Thanksgiving, please call 410 827 7588 or 410 827 6700 before November 5, 2012. Delivery will be Saturday, November 17, by 2:00pm

This Thanksgiving, Help FEED-A-FAMILY

By Ron Stafford

This Thanksgiving season, many families in our area will enjoy a wonderful meal surrounded by friends and family. In these difficult times, others are not so fortunate. Thankfully, the FEED-A-FAMILY program, directed by Bobbie Bell, helps to fill this need. With a background in fitness, volunteer work, and as a stay-at-home mom, Bobbie has been involved with the program since 2004.

FEED-A-FAMILY started 25 years ago as a Christmas outreach from Kent Island United Methodist Church. It later became a Thanksgiving outreach, where church members collected food and money to buy food to make baskets for the homebound. The baskets were delivered before Thanksgiving, and hot meals were provided on Thanksgiving Day.

In 2004, the name FEED-A-FAMILY was adopted, patterned after the Adopt-A-Bear Christmas program. Last year, FEED-A-FAMILY delivered food baskets to 330 families in the area and gave turkeys and food to other outreach organizations. Thirty-five hot meals were delivered to 11 families, and almost $2000 in gift cards were distributed among 60 families for the Christmas outreach from Union Wesley United Methodist Church.

Today, 18 churches in Stevensville, Chester, Grasonville and Queenstown have teamed up with area businesses, grocery stores, community groups, service clubs, and other organizations to help with this year’s program. The Safeway in Chester has helped in years past, and more stores have been added. “Acme and Food Lion have also agreed to be a part of the program this year,” Bobbie noted.

How is this whole enterprise accomplished? A Turkey Tree/Bulletin Board is placed in a prominent place at the various locations and covered with FEED-A-FAMILY Turkey Tags. People who walk by can pick a tag or two, and information is presented on what is needed to provide a family with food. Those selecting a tag are responsible for delivering their box to the Kent Narrows Outlet location the week before Thanksgiving. The Saturday before Thanksgiving, a team delivers the food to the designated families.

There are other ways that you can help with this great effort. Bobbie and her team can always use extra turkeys and food for those families who call in at the last moment. “We also are always looking for more volunteers who are interested in helping to receive and organize the food, or who can help in delivering the boxes,” says Bobbie. Gift cards also are a welcome option to help fill the needs of families.

There are a few things that FEED-A-FAMILY is not. “Some people think that this is funded by Queen Anne’s County, “ Bobbie added. On the contrary, this is truly a collaboration by local churches and members of the community who honestly care about others. “We’re not a big corporation. And it is really not a food bank.” Bobbie adds, “It’s one time a year…an annual event. We are helping those who are less fortunate at a time when we come together to celebrate families and friends.” Anything left over is given to local food banks in the area, such as the ones at St. Christopher’s or Living Waters.

Bobbie hopes FEED-A-FAMILY continues to grow every year, and would like to see other organizations, such as garden clubs and American Legions, taking tags to help others in our area. “We grow by 30 to 50 names a year, and we would like more churches who want to collaborate in order to meet as many needs as possible.” For more information on how you can be a part of FEED-A-FAMILY, contact Bobbie at 410-827-5345 or through her email address bellbloomcoach@yahoo.com.

Feed-A-Family Thanksgiving Food Program

The FEED-A-FAMILY Thanksgiving Food Program, operating in Queen Anne’s County has been providing food boxes for families for twenty years.  The program serves folks in Stevensville, Chester, Grasonville and Queenstown, delivering food and turkeys the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  Last year nearly a thousand individuals benefited from this program.

We are asking local churches, businesses and organizations to display FEED-A-FAMILY Turkey Tags.  We invite people throughout the community to choose a Turkey Tag from the tree and follow the directions on the tag for making up a box of food for a family.  Many folks participate in the Adopt-A-Bear and Angel Tree Project at Christmas time and this is a take off of those successful programs.

If you would be interested in helping you could: Display Turkey Tags at your church or business, be on our planning or delivery team, donate grocery store gift cards, or pray for another successful year of serving folks in our area.  Grocery cards could be sent to KIUMC, PO Box 308, Chester, MD, 21619 with attention to Thanksgiving Program.

If you would like to volunteer to help in this year’s Thanksgiving Food Program, please call Bobbie Bell at 410 827 5345.

If you would like to receive a box of food for Thanksgiving, please call 410 827 7588 or 410 827 6700 before November 12, 2011.   Delivery will be Saturday, November 19, by 2:00pm

Queen Anne’s County Thanksgiving Food Program

The Queen Anne’s County Thanksgiving Food Program has been providing food boxes for families for twenty years. The program serves folks in Stevensville, Chester, Grasonville and Queenstown, delivering food and turkeys the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Last year nearly a thousand individuals benefited from this program.

We are asking local churches, businesses and organizations to have a Turkey Tree filled with FEED-A-FAMILY Turkey Tags. We invite people throughout the community to choose a Turkey Tag from the tree and follow the directions on the tag for making up a box of food for a family. Many folks participate in the Adopt-

A-Bear and Angel Tree Project at Christmas time and this is a take off of those successful programs.
If you would be interested in helping you could: have a Turkey Tree at your church or business, be on our planning or delivery team, donate grocery store gift cards, or pray for another successful year of serving folks in our area. Grocery cards could be sent to KIUMC, PO Box 308, Chester, MD, 21619 with attention to Thanksgiving Program.

If you would like to receive a box of food for Thanksgiving, please call 410 827 7588 or 410 827 6700 before November 12, 2010.

If you would like to volunteer to help in this year’s Thanksgiving Food Program, please call Bobbie Bell at 410 827 5345.