CROS Ministries // This Week!                                                                       July 3, 2018
A weekly update especially for CROS Liaisons, Board Members, Friends, and  V olunteers 
There are three more event dates left in the 2017/2018 gleaning season! We will be gleaning this Saturday in the mango grove starting at 8:45 am. The last two dates will be Saturday, July 14 and Tuesday, July 17. For directions to the mango field, please  contact Keith at

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For more information about CROS Gleaning, please contact Keith Cutshall at
Pantry Need This Week
Canned Vegetables
Dine & Donate
Visit one of our 2018 Raise Your Glass to End Hunger Restaurant Partner, Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar, for lunch or dinner on July 12! Show  this flyer (click on the link and download the pdf) to your server and 10% of your bill will be donated to CROS Ministries!!

Advocacy Corner
Five Myths About Hunger
February 14, 2018
by Allison Weber

Hunger can be hard to spot in  America. You can't always see it-but that doesn't mean it isn't there. Our country is affluent by global standards, yet there are families in every county in the U.S. who can't afford to stock their cupboards with the food they need. 

If we can debunk these five myths about hunger, we can help raise awareness of the problem and loosen its grasp on people in need:

MYTH: There's a hunger crisis in other parts of the world-not in America.

FACT: More than 41 million people face hunger in the United States. That's more people than the entire population of Canada. And it means that across our nation, people simply can't make ends meet. High housing costs, rising food prices and unexpected expenses have left millions unable to stretch their dollars far enough. Sometimes they can put a warm meal on the table after a long day-and sometimes they go to bed hungry. 

MYTH: People who face hunger in America are typically homeless and unemployed.

FACT: Most of the households we serve are not homeless, and they have at least one working adult. In homes across the nation, there are people who wake up with the sun and turn out the lights late. They're working nearly every day, giving back to their community and raising a family. Even though they're pinching pennies, they struggle to fill their plates with the food they need to keep going.

MYTH: Hunger is most frequently found in cities.

FACT: Hunger is common in rural areas-including some of the farming communities that grow America's crops. Seventy-five percent of the counties with the highest hunger rates in America are in rural areas. Limited access to jobs, transportation and education make it tough to earn a living in remote areas like  rural Alaska. Some are forced to choose between paying for groceries or other essentials like heat. This is an especially difficult choice for parents during the winter, and it's all too common.

MYTH: Food waste and hunger are different problems with different solutions.

FACT: By reducing food waste in America, we can also help reduce hunger. Seventy-two billion pounds of good food goes to waste each year in America, while at the same time, 41 million people struggle with hunger. Feeding America works with food companies,  farmers and other generous partners to rescue more than 3 billion pounds of food each year and help deliver it to families in need. We believe that rescuing food from going to waste is critical to solving the hunger problem in our country.

MYTH: I can't do much to help overcome challenges like hunger and food waste.

FACT: Individual actions add up to make a significant impact. There are  many ways you can help Feeding America fight hunger. After all, the compassion of supporters and volunteers like you enables the Feeding America network to feed millions of people every year across the United States. But there is still much more work to be done.

From Feeding America's Hunger Blog Insights on solutions and contributors to hunger, and the lives of Americans in need from Feeding America and network food bank staff and guest contributors. For more information about Feeding America and their suggestions on how to Take Action, click here.

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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We are accepting applications for an Assistant Director of Food Pantries through July 13, 2018. For job details and application requirements, click here .
Caring Kitchen News!

The Caring Kitchen's meal preparation will be moving to Cason UMC in Delray Beach at the end of July. This is a temporary move to last through the beginning of next year. We are grateful to our friends at Cason for allowing us to use their kitchen to prepare 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. 
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.
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 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.
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 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)
Mission: CROS Ministries serves the hungry in Palm Beach and Martin Counties through community collaborations.