Thanksgiving Food Drive

10.26.18 | Student Ministries, Children, Loaves and Fishes Food Ministry, Missions, Youth, News, Articles, kidsfirstnews, Mission News

    Thanksgiving is always a special time for everyone in this church and an especially generous time for the Loaves and Fishes food ministry.

    Check out the many ways you can help provide a Thanksgiving meal to our San Diego neighbors who are in need this holiday season.


    Kids first & students 1st CANNED FOOD DRIVE

    Collecting through November 11

    Our children and youth are collecting non-perishable food items for Loaves & Fishes food ministry.  Consider picking one of these items up as you cruise the grocery store and bring it to the check-in tables on the plaza.

    • boxed stuffing mix
    • canned vegetables
    • canned fruits
    • cranberry sauce
    • canned yams
    • gravy mix
    • boxed mashed potatoes
    • boxed dessert mix

    Contact Kenton Hundley   or call 619-297-4366, ext. 118 or Priscilla Venegas    , or call 619-297-4366, ext. 140.


    Collecting Sundays October 28, November 4, 11, and  18, before 12:30 PM

    Giving a turkey with a matching bag of groceries to 400+ of the low income families we serve throughout the year at our weekly food distribution at Wesley United Methodist Church.

    We make it simple by providing you with brown shopping bags and an attached suggested shopping guide. Pick up your brown bag at these locations:

    • Linder Hall, anytime
    • Sundays @ the "Local Missions" table on the patio

    You may also donate cash, gift cards or checks, which would allow us to make the purchase and save you the time.

    Volunteers needed

    Volunteers for Shopping
    We are seeking volunteers to help purchase some of the Thanksgiving food items we will put in the bags. If you are available to help please contact Brenda Blake, .

    Volunteers for Packaging
    Saturday, November 17 | 9 - 11 AM
    Linder Hall stage, 

    Volunteers are needed to help process all returned bags and create additional bags from any other non-perishable goods we've received. Our goal is to create as many additional grocery bags as possible, so those who don’t get a turkey will still get something for the holiday. If you are available to help please contact Brenda Blake, .


    Collecting: Sunday November 11 and 18 

    We are partnering with Congregation Beth Israel at the Thanksgiving Eve worship to collect food to benefit Mama’s Kitchen, a support organization for those living with AIDS.

    Look for drop-off barrels located:
    • below the Sanctuary
    • in Linder Hall

    Suggested food items:
    • box of cereal
    • small package of pancake mix
    • instant oatmeal packets
    • 24 oz bottle of cooking oil
    • 16 oz jar of peanut butter
    • 16 oz jar of jelly
    • spaghetti sauce
    • box of pasta
    • packets of pasta dinners
    • canned diced tomatoes
    • canned soups• canned chili
    • canned beans
    • macaroni and cheese
    • canned tuna fish/salmon 

    Christ Ministry Center -Dinner with a Side of Love

    Thursday, November 15

    This meal is served on the third Thursday of each month at Christ Ministry Center.  The meal is served during theFree Community Medical Clinic to the student nurses, their patients, and to folks in the neighborhood who can use a hot meal. Each meal serves approximately 40 very hungry people.

    Please stop by the "Local Missions" table  in Linder Hall on Sundays to find ways you can support this ministry.


    Volunteers from St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral will serve alongside volunteers from First United Methodist Church to prepare and serve a simple morning meal for homeless individuals living in and around the Balboa Park area.If you are available to help serve a simple breakfast on Saturday, November 10, please contact Brenda Blake at or call 619-297-4366 ext. 125.

    This ministry takes place the second Saturday of each month from 7:30-11 AM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral.