CROS Ministries // This Week!                                                   March 14, 2017
A weekly update especially for CROS Liaisons, Board Members, Friends, and  V olunteers 
Gleaning
Join us this Saturday 
to pick green peppers in Delray Beach
OR  sweet corn in Palm City.

Join us this Sunday
to pick green peppers in Delray Beach.

All start times are at 8:45 am 
Contact Keith at  kcutshall@crosministries.org
 
for more details and directions.

2016-2017 Gleaning Dates  (tentative) 
For more information about CROS Gleaning, please contact Keith Cutshall at kcutshall@crosministries.org.
Pantry Need This Week
Canned Pasta
Caring Kitchen Need  This Week

Men's shorts and pants sizes 28 - 34 

(see under Bulletin Announcements
for other Boutique Needs)

Advocacy Corner
Without nutrition programs like SNAP, 
millions of families are at risk of falling 
deeper into hunger and poverty. 

Federal nutrition programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), school meal programs, and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) help more than 40 million Americans put food on the table. Congress needs to protect and defend these programs against harmful structural changes and budget cuts.

Email your U.S. representative and your U.S. senators today. Tell your members of Congress to do their part to end hunger by protecting and strengthening SNAP.

Congress is under immense pressure to make budget cuts. Your voice is critical to ensuring that Congress makes funding choices that put us on track to ending hunger.

For more information about our advocacy partner, Bread to the World's, Take Action initiatives, click here.

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The Caring Kitchen
Community Food Pantries
After School Snack Program
Nutrition in a Knapsack
Summer Camp
Gleaning and Food Recovery
Community Advocacy
CROS Ministries
3677 23rd Avenue South, #B-101
Lake Worth, Florida 33461
 
For information about volunteering, please contact Juanita Bryant Goode at (561) 233-9009 x110 or jgoode@crosministries.org

Volunteers: Do you need a volunteer shirt? Please let your program director know if you want one.
Just $5!
 
If you would like to make a donation to CROS Ministries, click here  or contact Gibbie Nauman, Director of Development and Community Relations at 561-233-9009 ext. 108 or gnauman@crosministries.org.

  
 

   

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Emcee:  WPTV Newschannel 5 Morning Anchor, Mike Trim
Music: That Same Difference
Sponsors: Old School Square, Ajram Family Foundation, Conde Center for Chiropractic Neurology, and Mark Gerretson Memorial Golf Tournament (MGMFT)
Know anyone ages 19-30 looking for a fulfilling job this summer?
Join the CROS Camp Team!
2017 Summer Mission Intern Program
The mission of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church Summer Mission Intern Program is to provide hands-on opportunities for young adults to make a difference in the world by serving out of a deep  level of their Christian faith, particularly with children and youth in under-served communities.

Interns must be ages 19-30 (by 8/31/17) to apply. The duration of the internship is 9-11 weeks. A stipend of $225 per week is provided for first-time interns (returning interns receive an increased stipend).

Application deadline is May 1.  Click here  for more details about the internship program and to download the pdf application. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Weseman at jweseman@flumc.org .
Heading Up North in April or May?
Not sure what to do with your unused food? Donate the food to our pantries! There is probably one right near you.  
Contact Brian Rowe at  browe@crosministries.org
or 561-779-7936. 

Volunteer Needs
Caring Kitchen - Delray Beach
Traffic Director
A volunteer is needed to direct cars to proper parking areas during peak meal times. Shift time is approximately 11:15 am - 12:20 pm. 

Drivers to deliver meals to the Home-bound
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, time commitment approximately 2 hours one day per week. Background check and driver check mandatory. After training delivery time is flexible anytime between 10:30 am-1 pm.

Weekday Van Drivers
Wednesdays. Approximately 4 hours one day per week to make regularly scheduled stops and occasional random pick ups. Drivers will be trained and must pass driver background check.

Weekly Office Volunteer
Once weekly, any weekday, from 9 am - 1 pm.  Duties include answering phones, filing, helping with mailings, and once monthly statistic gathering for the Caring Kitchen. Good MS WORD/EXCEL knowledge a necessity.

Meal Preparation & Serving
Any day Monday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm. Duties include preparing lunch with other volunteers, serving and cleaning up.

Boutique Needs
  • Men's shoes and work boots, size 8-13
  • Men's shorts and pants sizes 28 - 34
  • Underwear both men's and woman's (new is best, but gently used clean are welcome as well)
  • Jackets
  • Hygiene kits (click on the text to download pdf) 
Please contact Shona Castillo for more information, 561-278-0918 or scastillo@crosministries.org.
  
Food Pantries
Community Food Pantry - West Palm Beach
Volunteers needed the 2nd and 4th Fridays 10:00 am - 11:30 am to check-in clients on the computer and pack and distribute bags of foodMust be able to lift and bend and pickup 20-25 pounds. 
Please contact Geraldine Pierre at gpierre@crosministries.org for more information. 

Community Food Pantry - Lake Worth
Two volunteers needed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to check-in clients on the computer and pack and distribute bags of food. Also, we are looking for one to two volunteers Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 10:30 am to pack food bags before the pantry opens.
Please contact Geraldine Pierre at gpierre@crosministries.org for more information. 

Community Food Pantry - Riviera Beach
Volunteers needed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Must be able to lift and bend and pickup 20-25 pounds. 
PLEASE NOTE: This food pantry is located at the Port Center building and is housed in the same location as the Department of Children and Families and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department.  
Please contact Brian Rowe at 561-779-7936 or   browe@crosministries.org for more information.

Community Food Pantry - Indiantown
Volunteers needed Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Must be able to lift and bend, and pickup 20-25 pounds.
Please contact Jeanette Hemphill for more details at 561-475-7276.

Community Food Pantry - Belle Glade
Volunteers needed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Must be able to lift and bend and pickup 20-25 pounds. 
Please contact Mayra Echenique for more details at 561-755-2495 or  secretarycumc@bellsouth.net
 
 
CROS Warehouse
Food Pickups
A volunteer is needed to help with picking up food from Palm Beach County Food Bank in Lantana on Tuesday mornings. Must be able to do a lot of lifting and bending, at least 20 -25 pounds at a time, and be comfortable driving a truck.   
Please contact Brian Rowe at  561-779-7936 or  browe@crosministries.org for more information.
 
Warehouse Volunteers
*Help Fill Pantry Orders* - We need people to help on Mon or Wed from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm to fill orders from our food pantries. The food they order is pulled from pallets in the warehouse and loaded onto another pallet so it can be shrink wrapped and transported in our box truck. Must be able to lift heavy loads (30 to 65 pounds).
Please contact Keith Cutshall at 561-233-9009 x114 or

Loading, Unloading, Delivering...
Volunteers needed to lift heavy loads (30 to 65 pounds) and assist other CROS storage volunteers loading, unloading trucks, and delivering to CROS Food Pantries. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am - Noon.   
Please contact Keith Cutshall at  561-233-9009 x114 or
kcutshall@crosministries.org.

Sorting Groups
Sorting groups needed to sort food at CROS' warehouse. Must be able to do a lot of lifting and bending, lifting at least 20 -25 pounds at a time. Monday-Friday from 9:30 am- 11:30 am or longer and weekends too.   
Please contact Brian Rowe at  561-779-7936 or  browe@crosministries.org for more information.
Community Resources
CareerSource Palm Beach County
Looking for a Job in Healthcare?
Palm Beach State College's Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, starting April 10, will jump-start your health care career in only 5 weeks!
Click here for the informational flyer (English)
Click here for the informational flyer (Spanish)
 

SNAP for Seniors
D o you know a senior struggling to make ends meet? SNAP (Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program) can help them stretch their food dollars and prevent them from having to choose between buying medicine or buying food. It's free to apply, and they can get one-on-one help completing the application online or by hand. Please share the following flyers. Click on the text below to download the pdf flyers.
Snap for Seniors (English) 
Snap for Seniors (Spanish) 
Snap for Seniors (Creole) 

Volunteers Needed to Administer Surveys
United Way of Palm Beach County is looking for 25 volunteers to administer surveys as part of the Hunger Relief Plan to examine Palm Beach County food pantries' capacity to provide fresh, healthy foods and nutritional resources to the community. This information will then be used to create detailed maps that will highlight areas of need and where current resources are located. We will then use these maps to aid the implementation of the Hunger Relief Plan. There are more than 170 food pantries in the county that need to be surveyed. Click here for the informational flyer. Contact Jodie Boisvert for questions at  561-375-6678 or  jodieboisvert@unitedwaypbc.org.

TAXES DONE FREE!
Get a head start and get your taxes done safely and for free at one of 16 VITA locations throughout Palm 
Beach County. United Way of Palm Beach County's VITA program can help you navigate
your taxes and ma
k e s ure you  get the credits you deserve.  Plus, with the Affordable Care Act insurance requirements, there's even more to know - VITA IRS certified tax preparers know all the questions to ask. Visit  www.TaxesFiledFree.org or call 2-1-1 to find a site near you or to learn more!
Click here to download flyers in English, Spanish, and Creole.
Mission: CROS Ministries serves the hungry in Palm Beach and Martin Counties through community collaborations.

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