CROS Ministries // This Week!                                                        January 9, 2018
A weekly update especially for CROS Liaisons, Board Members, Friends, and  V olunteers 
We will be gleaning this

Saturday, Jan. 13,  8:45 am - 11:30 am
in Boynton Beach and Belle Glade.
Please contact Keith at 
for more information.

***NEW.... to sign-up online click here*** 

(click on the links below for information)
Gleaning Dates
please note: No Gleaning Dates in November
For more information about CROS Gleaning, please contact Keith Cutshall at
Pantry Need This Week
Shelf-Stable Milk
Advocacy Corner

From our friends at Food Research & Action Center (FRAC).  FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty-related hunger and undernutrition in the United States. Click here  for more information from them about the importance of "breakfast for learning."

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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The Caring Kitchen
Community Food Pantries
Nutrition in a Knapsack
Summer Camp
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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

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


CROS Ministries is once again participating in the American Honda Birdies for Children Program. Click here for the
the link to make a guess 

a) Donors pledge $20 or more to benefit a participating charity for the opportunity to guess the number of birdies at the 2018 Honda Classic (no maximum on donations/30 birdies guess max)

b) 100% of the donation PLUS a 10% matching donation will be awarded to the charities.

c) Donors are eligible for the grand prize & other prizes;

d) Charities compete for additional rewards based on donation totals

CONTEST GRAND PRIZE: A brand new 2018 Honda vehicle will be awarded to the person closest to the actual number of birdies made in the 2018 Honda Classic. (In case of a tie, a blind drawing from all correct guessers will determine the winner). 

For more information, click here. Have your birdie choices ready? Then  click here to support CROS and possibly win a NEW CAR!

Contest ends on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at 10 pm
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 food pantries on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am -12:00 pm as well as on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays to our food pantry in Belle Glade from 10:00 am -12:00 pm. Must be able to lift 30- 50 pounds.
Please contact Pete at 561-233-9009 x112 or 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 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 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.  
Please contact Shona Castillo for more information, 561-278-0918 or
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.  
Please contact Shona Castillo for more information, 561-278-0918 or
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.  
Please contact Shona Castillo for more information, 561-278-0918 or
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.
Please contact Shona Castillo for more information, 561-278-0918 or  
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.  
Please contact Shona Castillo for more information, 561-278-0918 or
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.  
Please contact Shona Castillo for more information, 561-278-0918 or
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
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  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 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 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
Community Resources
SNAP for Seniors
Do 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)

Call for Volunteers  
Palm Beach County's Point-in-Time Count
The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. HUD requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night. Each count is planned, coordinated, and carried out locally. The Housing Inventory Count (HIC) is a point-in-time inventory of provider programs within a Continuum of Care that provide beds and units dedicated to serve persons who are homeless, categorized by five Program Types: Emergency Shelter; Transitional Housing; Rapid Re-housing; Safe Haven; and Permanent Supportive Housing. 

The 2018 Palm Beach County Point-In-Time Count will begin 12:00 (noon) on January 25, 2018 - 12:00 (noon) on January 26, 2018. Please use the link below to register as volunteer to participate in the Point in Time Count. Volunteer shifts are approximately 4 hours within the 24 hour period.

1. You must register as a volunteer, please click here to register: 
2. You must complete a required training.
3. You may complete training online or in-person.
4. Online training- click on Part 1 & Part 2 training videos listed at the bottom of the registration page.
5. In-person training - choose one link from your preferred training locations, listed below.

January 16, 2018
2:00 pm
The Glades Initiative Inc.
141 SE Ave C Belle Glade, Florida 33430
To Register -  click here

January 17, 2018
11:00 am
The Arts Garage (Delray Beach)
94 NE 2nd Avenue Delray Beach, Florida 33444
To Register -  click here

January 18, 2018
2:00 pm
Riviera Beach Conference Room (Training will occur after HHA meeting)
1440 Martin Luther King Blvd
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
To Register - click here

Want to make a difference locally? You CAN in 4 hours a week!
United Way of Palm Beach County is looking for volunteers to greet clients, prepare taxes and manage sites for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Free training is available from November 27, 2017 - January 25, 2018 for volunteers committing to 4 hours a week during tax season, January 16 - April 17, 2018 at one of several VITA sites in the county.  Go to  to learn more!  For more information, contact the United Way of Palm Beach County's Manager of Volunteer Services, Nubia Ortega at (561) 375-6618 or

Click here for a downloadable flyer.
Mission: CROS Ministries serves the hungry in Palm Beach and Martin Counties through community collaborations.