CROS Ministries // This Week!                                                                         May 15, 2018
A weekly update especially for CROS Liaisons, Board Members, Friends, and  V olunteers 
Gleaning
Due to the recent rains, our gleaning site for this Saturday in Palm City is tentative. The gleaning event will be determined on Friday.
Please email Keith at kcutshall@crosministries.org
if you are interested in gleaning on Saturday,
and he will confirm with you on Friday.

***To Sign-up online click here*** 
or  contact 
Keith Cutshall at kcutshall@crosministries.org
for more information and directions


(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 kcutshall@crosministries.org.
Pantry Need This Week
SORTERS
We need sorters to go through the 20,829 pounds of non-perishable food we received during Letter Carrier Food Drive!
Please contact Brian Rowe at 561-779-7936 or browe@crosministries.org to set up a time and day.
Advocacy Corner
Call to Congress: Protect and Strengthen SNAP in the 2018 Farm Bill
In mid-May (this week), the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a  Farm Bill that, according to the  Food Research Action Center ( FRAC), will take food off the tables of very large numbers of families across the country.

The House Farm Bill, H.R.2, would slash the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for more than 1 million low-income, struggling households in order to set up an unproven workforce bureaucracy that would burden states and participants alike. As a result, there would be increased hunger and poverty and reduced economic growth and productivity in communities across the country.  FRAC suggests "Taking Action" by calling  your Member of Congress. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your representative. Urge him or her to vote "No" on the Farm Bill, H.R. 2

Another Hunger Advocacy Partner, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, also urges  Members of Congress to reject this harmful legislation and protect SNAP. They have an online form to help you "Take Action" and express how you feel about the expected changes to the Farm Billl and SNAP in an email. Click here for more details on MAZON's Campaign to "Protect SNAP in the Farm Bill."

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
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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.

    



THANK YOU!
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped us during last Saturday's Letter Carrier Food Drive. We received  20,829 pounds of food on 23 pallets from our two post office locations in Boynton Beach and Delray Beach.  
Our Raise Your Glass to End Hunger Event on April 18 was a wonderful success! We had a great turnout with close to 200 people joining us, and helping us raise over
to $52,500 for our hunger programs. 
Click here for the event pictures taken by Leonard Bryant Photography.
NOTICE
To anyone planning on dropping off or picking up something from our Administrative Offices, please be aware that Boutwell going south from 10th Avenue in Lake Worth is closed. From 95, you will need to turn left on Barnett at the first stop light, then right on 7th to cross over Boutwell. If you are coming from the south, you can still come north on Boutwell to 7th Avenue. If you have any questions, please call 561-233-9009.
CARING KITCHEN MEALS
Served at the following locations:
- MONDAY -  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm 
Resurrection Life Fellowship 209 SW 5th Ave., Delray Beach
- TUESDAY - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm  
Cason UMC 342 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach (Corner Lake Ida & Swinton) - Enter on south side
- WEDNESDAY - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm  
St. Matthew's Episcopal 404 SW 3rd St, Delray Beach. - Parish Hall across street from sanctuary
- THURSDAY - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm  
Cason UMC 342 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach (Corner Lake Ida & Swinton) - Enter on south side
- FRIDAY - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm  
St. Matthew's Episcopal 404 SW 3rd St., Delray Beach - Parish Hall across street from sanctuary
- SATURDAY - 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Bag Lunches at Cason UMC 342 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach (Corner Lake Ida & Swinton) 
- SUNDAY - 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Haitian United Church Of The Nazarene
338 NW 6th Avenue, Delray Beach
Church of Our Savior 2011 South Federal Highway, Boynton Beach

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
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.
Food Deliveries to our Food Pantries
Volunteers needed to help with food deliveries to food pantries on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am-1pm and need to be able to lift 60lbs.
Please contact Pete at 561-233-9009 x112 or 
pnoble@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.  
Please contact Shona Castillo for more information, 561-278-0918 or scastillo@crosministries.org.
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 scastillo@crosministries.org.
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 scastillo@crosministries.org.
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 scastillo@crosministries.org.  
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 scastillo@crosministries.org.
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 scastillo@crosministries.org.
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
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)
Mission: CROS Ministries serves the hungry in Palm Beach and Martin Counties through community collaborations.

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