Double Oak Community Church collects food donations for nonprofit area – Shelby County Reporter
By EMILY SPARACINO | Editor-in-chief
Double Oak Community Church hosts its annual fall food drive to benefit Alabama Childhood Food Solutions.
The church campuses in Mt Laurel and Chelsea are accepting food donations until Sunday, September 26.
Bagged donations must be brought to the designated drop-off area in municipalities between 9:30 am and 10:30 am.
âThe founders of Alabama Childhood Food Solutions, Jim and Linda Jones, are members of the church, so often a small group in the church will get involved in one way or another, whether through giving. food or volunteering, âsaid Minister for Children Sandy Stephenson. âAnyone can donate food. They can bring it through the church, and we’ll make sure it gets to ACFS.
The Double Oak Children’s Ministry is sponsoring the food drive to give parents the opportunity to teach their children about stewardship and service, Stephenson said.
âWe think it’s important for parents to teach their children to share what they have with others,â she said. âWe encourage parents to take the child shopping to fill a bag with food and bring the bag to church. We want this to be an opportunity for parents to talk about children in our community who have hungry needs, and God’s direction to Christians to help meet that need.
Donations can include the following:
- Vienna sausage
- Meat in a pot
- Small boxes of ravioli, Spaghettios, Beefaroni and beans and sausages (preferably pull-tops)
- Austin or Lance crackers
- Pop-Tarts or any brand of breakfast pies
- Peanut Butter (10 ounce size and smooth texture)
- Ramen noodles (beef or chicken flavor)
- Instant oatmeal
- Instant oatmeal
- Pork and beans (size 10 ounces or less)
- Toilet paper and feminine products
Stephenson said monetary donations are also helpful.
ACFS is in constant need of volunteers to help distribute pantries and pack backpacks for food insecure children.
For more information, visit Alabamachildhoodfood.com/volunteer-now.