Help is needed each May/June to plant potatoes for the Food Cupboard at Wesley United Methodist’s Church potato patch. Please join us early each May when potatoes will be cut and planted. Help is needed throughout the spring and again in the fall.
'Patch' directions: Head towards Berwick on either Rt 11 or I-80 (if I-80, get off at Berwick exit onto Rt 11 and continue toward Berwick). Take left onto Hill Side across from the Industrial Park, then 1st left at top of the hill. Go to end of the street, turn left and quickly you come to Eileen Chapman's white farm house on the left. Turn into her drive way, go to the shed at the rear of the house. The Potato Patch is up the hill.
If you would like to be put on the worker list, please contact us by email, info@BloomsburgFoodCupboard.org anytime or by phone, 387-2607, Tuesdays 9:30-2:30 or Sundays, 9:00-10:00.
Help fill the empty bowls of others in our local community at this soup tasting fundraiser which includes a specialty dessert sale and children's activities. Soups made by local restaurants, community groups and chefs are served in bowls, ceramic or compostable. Local artists’ works, along with raffle items, are also sold.
Bloomsburg University sponsors this event for us which began in 2003. Alesia Edelman, an AmeriCorps Vista worker assigned to the Food Cupboard from the university SOLVE office organized the first event. University students staff the event with generous help from Aramark.
The 17815 Postal Food Drive takes place the second Saturday in May each year, this year it's Saturday, May 9th. Letter carriers and postal workers around the nation make it possible for food cupboards to stock their shelves for the summer months when donations are low.
Please include some non perishable items when shopping this week for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive! All you need to do is place the bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 9th and your friendly neighborhood mail carrier will do the rest!
Volunteers are always needed to help with this drive in two ways. You can meet behind the post office at 9 to help pick up food items along the routes in Bloomsburg. Drivers and riders are needed. Beginning at 11 and lasting until 5, volunteers weigh, sort and put food away at the Food Cupboard at 329 Center Street. Anytime you have during these hours is appreciated.
For more information, contact us.
Please consider planting a row in your garden for our hungry each May. Every year people put a little space aside in their gardens for Food Cupboard families or bring us their extra bounty. Fresh vegetables are a great source of healthy nutrition for those that could otherwise not afford it.
Produce can be dropped off at the Food Cupboard around distribution hours, Sundays, 8:30-10:00 and Tuesdays 9:30-2:00. The bin on the Main Street side of the our building is also emptied each morning by 9:00 so produce dropped off there any day will be placed in our cooler.
We receive several tons of garden produce each year – from lettuce to zucchini. We have received vegetables from “gardens” as diverse as the acres grown for local roadside stands, to the converted flower bed at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, to our own raised beds at 329 Center Street.
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local volunteers to raise funds to end hunger locally, nationally and internationally. Twenty five percent of the profits stay local at the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. The rest go to national and international efforts through Church World Service and other hunger agencies.
Our walk is well attended each year by many different congregations and community groups. We walk five miles around the Town of Bloomsburg, beginning and ending at the Food Cupboard. It’s always a lovely fall day and a great chance to help the world by exercising with friends.
If you would like to join our local walk or need more information, please contact St. Luke Lutheran Church, 784-5035 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on national and international programs funded by this walk is available at http://www.cwsglobal.org/
NOON- 3:00 PM
St. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH
FIFTH AND RACE STREET, MIFFLINVILLE
Mission Mall offers an opportunity to give a gift and help others. Monetary donations to non-profit organizations are made in honor of those we love. You can do your holiday shopping at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mifflinville.
Just have fun, come out and have a meal. All children 3-18 can grab a free lunch. Adults may purchase a lunch. The meals includes sandwiches, salads, and fresh fruit and vegetables. The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Agriculture Department.
The places where meals are served are certified by the U-S-D-A, so there's no need to register or fill out any forms.
The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard restocks its shelves this time of year and does a special holiday foods drive so that we may offer Thanksgiving and Christmas foods to families helped by the Salvation Army. All donations are welcome. We also help the Salvation Army fill the food baskets they give to families in our community. This is the list of foods we need this year: Stuffing Mix, Instant Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Fruit Cocktail, Vegetables, Corn, Jello
Donations may be dropped off in the bin next to the food cupboard, in the food cupboard box inside the St. Columba rectory, or at your local church.