EASTRIDGE FOOD PANTRY
Food and money donations by Lincoln Presbyterian and some other churches are used to meet emergency food needs in the community. Food is provided to the Good Neighbor Community Center at 26th and Y St. for their distribution and Eastridge also make some distributions. Money donations are used to buy food from the Food Bank. A volunteer work crew of 3 people is needed on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to about 8:30 pm to weigh, sort and stock food donations. This is a new volunteer ministry for Good Shepherd and we hope to get enough commitments to schedule work crews with Eastridge.
If you have an interest in this ministry, please contact the church office at (402) 484-8844..
Eastridge Presbyterian is at 56th and Margo with the Pantry in the small white building at the north end of the parking lot west of the church.
HELP IN 5 WAYS:
1. Order Pick-ups – Filled food orders are picked up at the Pantry on Tuesdays, 7-8 pm and Fridays, 1-2 pm by recipients or their representatives. Volunteers are needed to assist as needed and to obtain signatures.
2. Food Order Packing – Food boxes are filled per family size. Volunteers are scheduled as needed.
3. Stocking Shelves – Volunteers are scheduled as needed.
4. Receiving Food Donations – Volunteers are scheduled as needed to weigh, sort
and stock shelves.
5. Shopping at the Food Bank – Volunteers are needed at 11:00 am on Mondays at The Food Bank of Lincoln, 4840 Doris Bair Cr (north of 48th and Superior) to shop, load, haul and unload food supplies at the Pantry.
Anything is welcomed with a particular focus on:
- Mac & Cheese, Spaghetti, Spaghetti Sauce, Rice, Jelly, Peanut Butter, Crackers, Dish & Hand Soap, Bath Soap, Toilet Tissue, Paper Towels, Canned Tuna & Meats, Canned Fruit, Jell-O, Candy & Cookies for Kids, Syrup, Pancake Mix, Pudding, Cooking Oil, Box Dinners, Cleaning Supplies, Laundry Soap, Toothpaste & Toothbrushes, Sanitary Napkins, Deodorant, etc. All non-perishable food donations are so welcomed!
- Place donations in the pantry box to the left of the elevator. The Food Pantry can always use cash in order to purchase food too. If you wish to donate make Checks made out to Good Shepherd and designated for the food pantry.
Al Schwindt is our coordinator for the volunteer program.Please see him or call him at 402-421-9237 if you would like more information and to volunteer.
Volunteers will be called by Al when needed based on their indicated availability.
Thanks for your continued support of this much needed and GREAT program! Also, special thanks go to Al Schwindt for delivering our food donations to the Pantry and for the hours he volunteers there.
PEOPLE'S CITY MISSION
Good Shepherd has been involved in this ministry for several years. Presently, a small group is volunteering on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. We are currently working in the bread room, the food pantry, the produce room and shopping for Belmont Barnabas, and there are other work areas available. The Center can use more volunteers and we would like to enlarge our group to take on more work and to get the work done faster. We can build this group but it is also possible to have additional Good Shepherd groups working at other times as they may desire. Volunteers are needed Monday – Saturday. Individuals can volunteer directly with the Center but we are pursuing this as a Good Shepherd ministry. If you have an interest in this ministry, please contact the church office at (402) 484-8844. Anyone is invited to try out a work shift to “see what it is all about” and make continuing commitments later. The Distribution Center is at 68th & P St.
- We volunteer the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 1:30 PM. If you would like more information or wish to volunteer, please contact the church office.
- People’s City Mission Free Medical Health Clinic is a local mission ministry that Good Shepherd supports financially. The Clinic opened its doors in July, 2009 and on average sees 1000 patients monthly at no cost to the patient. The Clinic provides primary medical care to uninsured residents of Lancaster County estimated at 50,000 people. Medical services are provided by volunteer practicing and retired doctors and other medical professionals and non-medical support staff. Donations of money toward operating costs and donations of medical and office equipment and supplies help support the Clinic. Services provided by the Clinic “reflect the love of Christ”. The Clinic is at 401 No. 2nd.
- People's City Mission, Homeless Prevention Center: Additional volunteers are needed to join the existing volunteer group on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 2:00 to around 3:30 p.m. The tasks are usually restocking the bread room, preparing fresh produce for shoppers, shopping for Barnabas and other tasks as needed. The Center is located at 68th & P Street. Please see Verneil Shamburg, Bill Baker, Paul Bartlett, or Pastor Jeff if interested.
- Faith in Action. Come serve at People's City Mission work days 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.
BELMONT BARNABAS PROJECT
This is an extension of the Distribution Center to bless people in their neighborhood. This is a cooperative partnership between the People’s City Mission and Sheridan and Prince of Peace Lutheran Churches with other churches and individuals participating. We are a participating church. The Belmont store is open Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with two work shifts, 9:00 am to Noon and Noon to 3:00 pm. More volunteers are needed. Volunteers use a volunteer website provided by Sheridan Lutheran to volunteer for the work shifts they would like to work. Another volunteer opportunity is the scheduled times for sorting clothes and other items and displaying them for the Saturday shoppers. There are always experienced volunteers on duty so first time volunteers will have someone to show the way. If you have an interest in this ministry, please call the church office at (402) 484-8844 or see additional contact information below.
Belmont Barnabas is at 931 Saunders, one block south of Cornhusker Highway and west off of 10th street.
Here are the different opportunities from which you may choose:
- Hospitality at the store
- Check-out volunteers
- Hospitality in the community center
- Sorters for Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday mornings, 9 –12
- Sorters for Saturday afternoon, 12 –3
- All positions on second and fourth Thursdays of each month, 6 - 8 pm
- Of course, we are anxious to hear from you if you have some special skill to share. Maybe it is teaching a life skill or one-on-one guidance in an area where you feel especially comfortable, such as making a budget, etc. If you have not already turned in a volunteer form which contains this information, please reply to my email listed below. Please give a specific date that you are able to serve and what position you would like to fill.
- Contact Carol Peterson
- 402-420-7944 home 402-419-9805 cell
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please contact Carol if you have questions or are ready to volunteer. Please also consider touring the facility when they are open for guests (9 to 3 Saturdays and 6 to 8 Tuesdays and Thursdays), a great way to get exposure.
- NOTE: Please donate clothing in season as there is no capacity for storage. Seasonal clothing is now fall and winter. Thank you.
Questions? Call Carol Peterson at 402-420-7944.