At the annual auction, East Shore raised $20,675. In addition, our minister has allocated funds of $4,000 from the Ministers Discretionary Fund toward the project, making a total of $24,675. The Steering team is hard at work right now creating a generous and thorough giving plan to help make sure this money get to where we need it to go: right into the hearts of the projects that are serving families, children, and youth struggling with food insecurity today. Here are two updates about the current projects we are giving and serving. Stay tuned for updates in the January Beacon and learn more about the project on its landing page.
Jubilee Reach: Every Tuesday
Jubilee Reach Groceries for Families program serves nearly 700 families each week. Jubilee Reach is just two miles from East Shore, on the other side of Richards Road. And three days a week, they have churches just like East Shore dropping of bags, and then staff members handing them out. Learn more about their program directly here. We’ve increased our giving to Jubilee Reach Groceries for Families Programs so that each Tuesday, we are sending 15 bags non-perishables and hygiene items, to Jubilee Reach Groceries for Families Programs. You can read more here. Opportunities for direct delivery and grocery bag packing, we hope, are in the future. For now, we’ve chosen grocery delivery to help keep our community safe.
Beet Picking: Select Saturdays 1:00-4:00 p.m. and Sundays 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Help to serve the community, and have fun while you’re at it! As part of East Shore’s new COVID Food Relief Project, join us to Pick Beets for the Bank – the food bank, that is. It’s a chance to get outside, and off the screen, enjoying the fresh air and learning about food growing and how far generosity can go! We have a chance to work and learn outside at The Food Bank Farm. Since 2011, The Food Bank Farm in Snohomish County, just near Bob’s Corn and Maze, has been growing food to donate. Millions of pounds of it. Most of the produce goes to Food Lifeline and all of it is harvested by volunteers! More details are in the upcoming events found here. Also check out their Facebook page.
All ages are welcome and you don’t have to be a farmer—in fact, you are welcome even if you have never harvested beets! You and your family don’t have to stay the entire 3 hours – any time you can give is appreciated. Make sure you dress for the weather and activity. The farm has safety measures in place.
There will be field trips on additional Saturdays and Sundays: December 26 1-4, December 27 2-5, and then again January 9 1-4, and January 10 2-5.