CROS Ministries // This Week!                                                        December 5, 2017
A weekly update especially for CROS Liaisons, Board Members, Friends, and  V olunteers 
Gleaning
We are gleaning sweet corn this Saturday, December 9 in Clewiston from 8:45-11:30.  Email Keith at kcutshall@crosministries.org  to sign-up/receive directions or visit our online sign-up by clicking here

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Gleaning Dates
please note: No Gleaning Dates in November
For more information about CROS Gleaning, please contact Keith Cutshall at kcutshall@crosministries.org.
Pantry Need This Week
Tomato Sauce
Advocacy Corner
From our friends at Feeding America...
As America ages, hunger pains grow  The rate of hunger among seniors aged 60 and older has increased by 53% since 2001, a lingering effect of the 2008-09 recession. In fact, the number of seniors struggling with hunger is projected to increase by another 50% when the youngest of the baby-boom generation reaches 60 in 2025. And hunger pains can be increasingly painful as we age:
  • 63% of senior households served by the Feeding America network are forced to choose between food and medical care.
  • Households served by the Feeding America network that include an adult of the age 50 or older are at an increased risk of having someone with a chronic health condition, including diabetes (41%) and high blood pressure (70%) - conditions that can be mitigated by healthy food options.
  • Only 42% of eligible seniors are enrolled and receiving SNAP benefits (formerly Food Stamps) - making assistance programs for SNAP enrollment that much more important for seniors.

Feeding America's mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. We have two food banks serving Palm Beach County, Feeding South South/Palm Beach and the Palm Beach County Food Bank. For more information on Feeding America, visit their website

These lovely ladies are from Grace Presbyterian in Lantana. They come to our warehouse in Lake Worth several times a month to sort food for our seven food pantries.Thank you ladies for your faithful service! Check out our new volunteer shirts they are modeling. Only $5 per shirt. Please contact your program manager if you are interested.
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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.

  
 


Gifts of Hope
This holiday season give a Gift of Hope. Help CROS feed the hungry not only over the holidays, but throughout the year. Every gift will make a difference in the life of a hungry child, parent, senior, and homeless individual.

Your gift of hope will help someone like Kelly. Every day Kelly makes her way to where the Caring Kitchen program is serving meals. She currently does not work and is on disability. She says she would not survive without the Caring Kitchen because she does not cook. If she did cook, it would be food that is bad for her. She also enjoys the camaraderie of seeing her friends at lunch time. She is grateful for the Caring Kitchen and the nourishment her body gets by being surrounded by caring people.

Consider making your Gift of Hope in honor of someone special. We can send them a special card acknowledging your gift. 

To make a donation by credit card, please  click here . To make a donation by check, please make the check payable to CROS Ministries and mail it to 3677 23rd Avenue South, Lake Worth, FL 33461.  
CARING KITCHEN MEALS
We are now serving meals at the following locations in Delray Beach:
- MONDAY -  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm 
Resurrection Life Fellowship 209 SW 5th Ave.
- TUESDAY - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm  
Cason UMC 342 N. Swinton Avenue (Corner Lake Ida & Swinton) - Enter on south side
- WEDNESDAY - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm  
St. Matthew's Episcopal 404 SW 3rd St.- Parish Hall across street from sanctuary
- THURSDAY - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm  
Cason UMC 342 N. Swinton Avenue (Corner Lake Ida & Swinton) - Enter on south side
- FRIDAY - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm  
St. Matthew's Episcopal 404 SW 3rd St.- Parish Hall across street from sanctuary
- SATURDAY - 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Bag Lunches at Cason UMC 342 N. Swinton Avenue (Corner Lake Ida & Swinton) 
- SUNDAY - 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Delray Beach Haitian United Church Of The Nazarene
338 NW 6th Avenue

Please note: we are no longer accepting clothing or household donations until further notice. 

Stay tuned for updates on the future of the Caring Kitchen and CROS Ministries' continued efforts to serve the hungry in Delray.
Volunteer Needs
CROS Warehouse
Food Deliveries to our Food Pantries
Volunteers needed to help with  food deliveries to CROS food pantries on Tuesdays from 8 am -12:00 pm and 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. Must be able to lift 30- 50 pounds and be able to climb stairs. 
Please contact Pete at 561-233-9009 x112 or 
pnoble@crosministries.org for more information.

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.

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.

Caring Kitchen - Delray Beach
Drivers to deliver meals to the Homebound
Drivers needed Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Time Commitment approximately 2 hours, one day per week. Background check and driver check mandatory. After training delivery, time is flexible anytime between 9:30 am-11:30 am.
 
Weekday Van drivers
Drivers needed.  Approximately 3-4 hours one day per week to make regularly scheduled stops and occasional random pickups. Drivers will be trained and must pass driver background check. Shift available: 8:00 am to 11:30 am.
 
Meal Servers
Volunteers needed to assist with setting up the service site facility, serving lunch, and cleaning after the meal is served. Shifts available: Mondays through Fridays from 11:15 am to 1:15 pm.
 
Door Monitors/Parking Attendants
Two volunteers needed to stand near the meal site entrance to meet and greet program participants and to ensure that plates and cups are disposed of appropriately upon exit. Two volunteers are also needed to stand outside the congregation and provide direction for participant and volunteer parking. Shifts available: Mondays through Fridays from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm.
 
Van Loader
Two volunteers needed to help with loading and unloading prepared food into and out of the van. Assist with cleaning trays and facility maintenance. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. or more. Two shifts are available Monday through Friday: 11:15 am - 12:15 pm OR 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm.  Choose a day and time that works for you.
 
Mail Distribution Volunteer
Two volunteers needed to meet/greet program participants, manage, sort, distribute mail, and assist social service interns as needed. Shifts available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at church meal site.
 
Office Volunteer
Volunteers are needed to assist with answering phone, taking messages, making confirmation calls, and general organizing and office assistance. Working knowledge of office equipment and computers a plus. Shifts available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 11:30 am at the Caring Kitchen site. 
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 Julius Sanna at jsanna@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 Julius Sanna at or jsanna@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
Community Resources
United Way of Palm Beach County - looking for Volunteers for the 2018 VITA Program 
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a national program staffed by local volunteers to provide free preparation and electronic filing of tax returns. It's an important service to thousands of individuals and families in this county with low-to-moderate incomes who are eligible for tax credits. Click on the image below to download the flyer.
Go to www.taxesfiledfree.org to view the volunteer training schedule. All volunteers must be trained and certified. Next, download and complete the volunteer profile.  For more information about the program or becoming a VITA volunteer, go to www.taxesfiledfree.org or contact the United Way of Palm Beach County's Manager of Volunteer Services, Nubia Ortega at (561) 375-6618 or volunteer@unitedwaypbc.org .

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 me dicine  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) 
Mission: CROS Ministries serves the hungry in Palm Beach and Martin Counties through community collaborations.

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