Tucker First United Methodist Church | 5095 LaVista Road, Tucker GA 30084 | 770-938-3030
Friday, February 27, 2015
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Children First

A mission outreach initiative of Tucker First UMC
Serving our community by offering ourselves in service to our neighborhood children.

Saturday Snacks
Help us meet the needs of hungry children by providing snack bags to the children at Northlake Inn every weekend through the Saturday Snacks program.  Supplies are getting low!  You can help by donating the following types of canned goods with pop tops:
• Ravioli, spaghetti, lasagna
• Beanie weenies
• Chili with meat
• Vienna sausages, chicken only
• Chicken noodle soup
• Vegetable beef soup
• Fruit in individual cans (peaches, pears, oranges)

You can place your donations in the “Saturday Snacks” red buckets in the Sanctuary gathering room or in the Activities Center.
Lunch Buddy 
Each summer and winter break, the Children First Committee partners with local restaurants to provide lunches for about twenty children at Northlake Inn.  In addition to lunches, Monday deliveries include breakfast items. If you would like to volunteer to pick up lunches from a local restaurant at 11:30 am, or breakfast bags and milk on a Monday, and drop off at Northlake Inn, please contact Robin Pounds, 770/279-7238, robinpounds@bellsouth.net
Thank you for your support of this outreach ministry serving children in our Tucker community! Want to know more? Contact Robin Pounds at robinpounds@bellsouth.net.TFUMC Youth pack breakfast items for kids at Northlake Inn

Joanna, the Northlake Inn manager, reports:

"The kids think it's Christmas every day when your church members walk in with bags of food. You are helping them more than you know."

The background on our Lunch Buddy program.  Many children living in our community return home to empty cupboards or limited supplies of food, especially when they are not in school. Finding where we could help address this area was our first step.
With the help of committee members we began by contacting Midvale Elementary and were directed to the Northlake Inn in Tucker. Using as our model similar feeding programs in place in the metro area, we planned out a calendar to deliver food to the Northlake Inn for the children living there during their 2008 winter break. These are kids who during the school term receive free or reduced cost meals. 
Local restaurants donated or supplied us with at meals at cost for the holiday period. Volunteers packed, picked up and delivered breakfast and lunch to the children. The success of the winter holiday program led the committee to feed the kids during spring and summer break. 

Make a Difference! Volunteer to be a Reading Partner at Nesbit
Reading Partners is an outreach ministry of the Children First Committee. Volunteer read with a student at Nesbit Elementary for minutes a week. Now in its seventh year, this rewarding ministry helps meet a vital need of many young students who thrive on the extra personal attention that Reading Partners provides. Additional volunteers are needed for the 2014-15 school year. If you would like to make a difference in a child’s life as a Reading Partner, please contact Robin Pounds, 770-279-7238; robinpounds@bellsouth.net.

Food Donations Needed for Saturday Sacks
The Children First Lunch Buddy ministry provides not only lunches during school holidays, but also helps meet the needs of hungry children in our community by providing snack bags on non-holiday weekends.  Back to school means donations for sacks are needed each weekend beginning August 16 for about 25 children living at Northlake Inn. 
Please help support this ministry by donating canned goods with pop tops such as:
ravioli, spaghetti, lasagna, Beanie Weenies, chili with meat, Vienna Sausages - chicken only, chicken noodle soup, vegetable beef soup, fruit in individual cans (peaches, pears, oranges), peanut butter or cheese filled snack crackers, and granola bars.
Buckets for collecting food donations for “Saturday Sacks” are in the Gathering Room and Activities Center as well as Jenkins Hall. Questions, please contact Robin Pounds, 770-279-7238; robinpounds@bellsouth.net.
Join us this year as we continue to put Children First!