Holiday Service Project
Do you know what "food insecurity" means? The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active healthy life. What that means in our world is that some people are unable to afford healthy food- or any food at all- for a brief or extended period of time. It may mean that people have to choose between housing and needed medication over food for themselves and their families. In Cuyahoga County 233,500 (or 18.6%) experience food insecurity at one time or another.
As we approach the holiday season and begin to count our blessings, I hope you will consider being a blessing to the neighbors in our community. Lakewood United Methodist Church in cooperation with the Lakewood Community Service Center (LCSC) is sponsoring a "REVERSE HOLIDAY CALENDAR." Each day add an item to a box. The week before or the week after Christmas, we ask that you bring the box and its contents to either Lakewood United Methodist Church at 15700 Detroit Avenue or to the Lakewood Community Service Center at 14230 Madison Avenue. The Lakewood Community Service Center will then distribute these holiday boxes to needy families from Lakewood, Rocky River and Westlake.
REVERSE HOLIDAY CALENDAR
December 1 - box of cereal
December 2 - peanut butter
December 3 - stuffing mix
December 4 - boxed potatoes
December 5 - macaroni and cheese
December 6 - canned fruit
December 7 - canned tomatoes
December 8 - canned tuna
December 9 - dessert mix
December 10 - jar of applesauce
December 11 - canned sweet potatoes or yams
December 12 - cranberry sauce
December 13 - canned beans
December 14 - box of crackers
December 15 - package of rice
December 16 - package of oatmeal
December 17 - package of pasta
December 18 - spaghetti sauce
December 19 - chicken noodle soup
December 20 - tomato soup
December 21 - can of corn
December 22 - can of mixed vegetables
December 23 - can of carrots
December 24 - can of green beans
This service project is a great way to remember the true meaning of the holiday season and to also help our neighbors in need. Please share this with anyone that might be interested so that we can make it a blessed holiday for our community.
If you have any questions or need a box and the list of items, please contact either Lakewood United Methodist Church at 216-226-8644 or the Lakewood Community Service Center at 216-226-6466.
Roberta Hayes is a 24-year resident of Lakewood and a member of Lakewood United Methodist Church.
I am a 24-year resident of Lakewood and a member of Lakewood United Methodist Church