Fill a Bag, Feed a Family
This project started with a question in one Grace Community Group in October 2014: What if we could provide Christmas dinner for needy families within an entire school?
They did more than just ask the question; they became the answer.
So, in December 2014 that Community Group partnered with the staff at Larkspur Middle School to identify 50 families in need. They raised money, worked with the school for the logistics of the project, purchased groceries and delivered the meals. When they saw how doable the initiative was, and the responses of the families that received these dinners, they came to a simple conclusion:
Let’s do it again. And bigger this time.
Since 2015 and because of the generosity of Grace Bible Church attendees, we were able to give nearly 400 families in Virginia Beach and Norfolk Christmas dinners! It’s more than a meal; it’s helping children know and experience the joy and hope of the Christmas season, drawing them into the celebration of the birth of Christ in a special way.
One mother shared: "We've only recently transitioned out of homelessness. It's been all I can do to keep me and my girls in this apartment, much less think about getting us a nice Christmas dinner. But you guys didn't forget us. We felt the love. Thank you."
Would you come alongside Grace and join us again this year?
Questions you might ask:
Which schools are we adopting? How did they get chosen? In addition to our 6 partner schools, we are working with 21 additional schools in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. We will work with the guidance staff at each school to identify needy families and we’re anticipating 500 families. We chose these schools based on their proximity to our campuses, hoping for increased favor as we seek to build good relationships with our neighborhood schools. We want to be a church that is reaching out to its community. Each year, more schools reach out to Grace to ask for assistance.
What do I bring in? And by what date? Your shopping list is affixed to the brown bag you may have received. The bag isn’t necessary, but we do ask that you stick to the shopping list. Please check expiration dates so that the food is good through January 2019. We’re collecting in the lobby from August 5 through August 19. The shopping list is included below.
Can I volunteer for this project? Yes! We’ll need volunteers to receive bags on Sundays, help sort, and distribute the bags. You can sign up at the following links:
- Sign up here to collect bags (Sunday Service) - August 2018 ONLY
- Sign up here to help sort bags (Tuesdays) - August 2018 ONLY
- Sign up here to sponsor a sponsor turkeys for families
- Sign up here to delivery turkeys to schools in December (exact date & time TBD) - December 2018
- 2 – 6 oz boxes of cornbread stuffing
- 3 – 14.5 oz cans of green beans
- 3 – cans of corn
- 2 – 29 oz cans of sweet potatoes
- 2 – 13.75 oz boxes of mashed potatoes
- 3 – turkey flavored gravy packets
- 3 – 15 oz cans of fruit cocktail
- 2 – 17.5 oz bags of sugar cookie mix
- 1 – 16 oz can of icing for cookies
Please ensure that items are good through 1/19 by checking the expiration dates.