Many of you have reached out to FBCR with the question, “What can we do to help our neighbors during the Pandemic?” The Missions Committee at First Baptist Church of Rochester, has been hard at work coordinating a drive to collect food. Food will be donated to the Brighton Food Depot which is serving those in need in the Beechwood area through St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal and the efforts of The Center for Youth.

 

Who:

If you are able, please purchase  items from the requested item list (below) the next time you go to the grocery store. If you would like a volunteer to do the shopping for you, please mail a check to FBCR with “Pandemic Food Drive” in the memo line. Any amount is greatly appreciated!

 

When:

Food will be collected from June 16 through July 12, 2020.

 

Where:

Drop off your purchased items in the brown bin near the playground at FBCR on or before July 12th.

If you are unable to drive or deliver the food to the church, please call or email Sarah Oaks using the contact information found in the church directory. She will coordinate a volunteer to stop by your porch by Sunday, July 12th to pick up your items. This will be a contactless porch pick-up to keep everyone safe!

What:

Here are list of requested items for St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal: (* indicates items of greatest need)

      • Cereal*
      • Tomato Sauce* (small, plastic)
      • Tuna*
      • Entrées (in cans)
      • Peanut Butter* and Jelly*
      • Fruit
      • Vegetables

 

What:

Here are list of requested items for the Center For Youth: (any of these items are needed and wanted)

      • Peanut Butter
      • Canned Fruit
      • Boxed Cereal (kid and teen friendly varieties)
      • Chunky Soups
      • Chef Boyardee (Spaghetti or Ravioli)
      • Canned Beans
      • Pasta Sides (Knorr, Lipton)
      • Canned Corn
      • Vienna Sausages
      • Canned Tuna
      • Jars of Red Sauce
      • Box of Flavored Rice
      • Box of Pasta (spaghetti, penne, rigatoni, etc.) or Pasta Roni
      • Ramen Noodles
      • Granola Bars, Protein Bars
      • Pop Tarts
      • Easy Mac Cups

 

Why:

The food items will be donated to the Brighton Food Depot (for St. Mark and St. John Episcopal to help our Beechwood neighbors) and the efforts of The Center for Youth.

Both organizations help children, young adults, families, or the elderly who are experiencing food insecurities during the Pandemic. The food will be distributed to individuals in the City of Rochester and in surrounding suburbs.

 

If you have any questions, please call, text, or email Sarah Oaks using the contact information in the church directory.

Also, if you would like to volunteer to help with the food drive, please contact Sarah.