CROS Ministries // This Week!                                                        October 31, 2017
A weekly update especially for CROS Liaisons, Board Members, Friends, and  V olunteers 
Gleaning
Due to the Hurricane, the 2017/2018 Season
has been pushed back to December.
(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
Canned Fruit
Advocacy Corner
Call to Congress - 2018 Farm Bill: Congress Must Protect and Strengthen SNAP
Check out the Food Research & Action Center's (FRAC)  latest fact sheet   (pdf) on protecting and strengthening SNAP in the 2018 Farm Bill, with information on the strengths of SNAP and actions for Members of Congress to take. 


Visit our partners in hunger advocacy, FRAC's  Action page ,
for more information on their advocacy efforts to 
strengthen and safeguard federal food and nutrition programs.

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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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.

  
 



Happy Halloween!
Caring Kitchen Update!


Today was the last day for meals served at the 196 NW 8th Avenue location.  Tomorrow, November 1, we begin the transition to prepare meals at this location but serve the meals at churches in the community. Please click here for the list of churches and days of the week we will serve lunch.

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.
Employment Opportunity
APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL FRIDAY, NOV. 3!
Caring Kitchen Assistant - temporary, part-time
This position is responsible for safe transportation of hot and cold prepared foods, preparing meal service sites, serving meals, cleaning after meal service, receiving and logging food donations, and assisting in volunteer supervision.  This is a temporary, part-time position, approx. 20 hours per week, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Wage range $12 - $15 per hour.

Mail or e-mail (1) your resume, (2) a letter of intent, (3) three references (two employment), (4) your wage requirements, and (5) a completed employment application. The employment application form can be found on our web site www.crosministries.org.
 
CROS Ministries
ATTN: Meredith Caldwell
3677 23rd Ave. S., #B-101
Lake Worth, FL  33461  
OR
E-mail your submission to
mcaldwell@crosministries.org

Submissions should have all five components, as listed above, to be considered complete.  Submissions should be postmarked by November 3, 2017, if mailed. E-mailed submissions should be received by November 3, 2017.
 
It is the policy of CROS Ministries to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, gender, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, age or other unlawful discriminatory characteristics as defined in federal, state, or local laws. All candidates are considered on the basis of individual character, qualifications, and abilities in relation to the requirements of the advertised position.
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-12:00 pm.
 
Weekday Van drivers
Drivers needed on WEDNESDAYS.  Approximately 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 12:00 pm
 
Volunteer Greeters
Two volunteers needed to stand on the east and north side of the property to greet individuals coming to the Caring Kitchen for service and redirect them to the new locations where meals are being served.  Looking for two shifts (Mondays through Fridays): 8:30 am - 10:30 am and 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
 
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, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:15 am to 1:15 pm.
 
Door Monitors
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. Shifts available: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and 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.
 
Office Volunteers
Two volunteers needed to meet/ greet program participants, manage, sort, distribute mail, and assist social service interns as needed. Shifts available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
 
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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