At Chase Oaks Church, we believe our mission is to make a difference in our community. And to make a difference, we partner with local organizations that are already doing great things around us. Our Woodbridge Campus serves the Murphy/Wylie/Sachse community alongside their local partners, Amazing Grace Food Pantry and 5 Loaves Food Pantry. If you are looking for ways to make a difference this holiday season, volunteering at a local food pantry or donating canned goods is a great way to help those struggling in our community.
Amazing Grace Food Pantry
Karen Ellis at Amazing Grace Food Pantry is excited for this holiday season and for the local food pantry’s ability to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families who are struggling to provide for their basic needs. She provided an overview of the local food pantry’s mission, background, and ways we can support this local partner.
“To help in the fight against hunger in North Texas through Christ’s love and the generosity of the community.”
About Our Local Partner
Established in 2006 as a community outreach food pantry and a proud agency member with the North Texas Food Bank, Amazing Grace Food Pantry has an open-door policy and a reputation for being a food source for anyone in need so that no one goes hungry. What started out as helping 20 families in 2006 is now reaching over 1,100 families in 2018. Their outreach is growing 30% each year.
Amazing Grace Food Pantry is exclusively a volunteer organization, relying upon the talent and generosity of community members to procure, sort, and distribute over 40,000 pounds of food every month to area families. Food items include fruits, vegetables, meat, bread, and canned goods.
This monumental undertaking is only possible due to the altruism and support received each and every week from people just like you.
- Do you have some free time on your hands?
- Do you enjoy helping those in need?
- Do you want to give back in some way that really changes the quality of life for someone?
Ways to Make a Difference
If you answered “yes,” to any of the questions above, check out how you, along with your LifeGroup, friends, and neighbors, can volunteer at a local food pantry.
- Dedicate one day a week or one day a month to serve, working together to fight hunger.
- Choose Amazing Grace Food Pantry as your charity of choice on AmazonSmile, Kroger Rewards, and Tom Thumb Rewards.
- Collect your plastic grocery bags to recycle at the pantry.
- Do a monthly food drive for canned soup, chili, or rice. You can do one at work or in your neighborhood.
- Help with local grocery store pick-up either as on-call or dedicate one day a week.
They also welcome volunteer groups! If your church, youth, or corporate group would like to schedule a day to volunteer as a team-building exercise or would like to regularly adopt group-size tasks (e.g., yard work, improvements, and clean-up), they’d love to hear from you! Call 972. 292.7241 to leave a voicemail message or use the contact form.
No Time to Volunteer?
That’s okay, too! Your monetary donation goes a long way. Their relationship with North Texas Food Bank allows them to acquire food at a fraction of the cost of retail. Your monetary donation also helps them pay the trash, electric, and water bills. Visit their Donate page to find out how you can help in the fight against hunger in North Texas.
5 Loaves Food Pantry
Another local food pantry that partners with our Woodbridge Campus is 5 Loaves Food Pantry in Sachse, TX. Executive Director Audrey Wallace shares how her organization started and the ways they make a difference in our community. And as a local partner, there are upcoming opportunities for you to make a difference in our community.
“We are a faith-based organization that provides food and support for all ages to nourish both the body and the soul. Together, we can make a difference.”
About Our Local Partner
5 Loaves is a non-profit organization, which opened their doors in September 2015. Since that time, they have expanded from a simple local food pantry to a fully-functional food pantry and diaper bank. They offer several programs, including a Transition to Life class, which provides special needs students with the opportunity to learn life skills.
In addition, 5 Loaves Food Pantry has crafted a sustainability project by purchasing coffee beans from a supplier in which they roast, grind, and bag their own special coffee blends. The sale of these Honduran, Brazilian, and Guatemalan coffee beans helps 5 Loaves offset some of their expenses. They also planted a community garden this spring, helping to assist with their fresh produce needs.
Ways to Make a Difference
5 Loaves Food Pantry cannot do this ministry without volunteers and financial partners. We can only make a difference if we work together. Here are a few ways we can make a difference with this local food pantry.
- Make a monetary donation. This will help meet the organization’s needs and sustain their programs.
- Purchase coffee through their Coffee with a Purpose initiative.
- Provide homemade or store-bought pies for the 5 Loaves Community Dinner on Sunday, November 18. The dinner provides a Thanksgiving meal to those in need. You can drop off pies in the lobby of the Woodbridge Campus before the weekend services on Sunday, November 18. Sign up at Pies for 5 Loaves Community Dinner.
For other volunteer opportunities with 5 Loaves Food Pantry, contact Emily Boroden at [email protected].
As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with our friends and families, let’s think of ways we can make a difference together for those struggling during this time of year. Stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page for more ways we can make a difference this holiday season.