Monday, March 28, 2011

Homeless Shelter Bag Lunches * Next One June 27th!

We will be hosting the next Bag Lunch session for the Reston Homeless shelter Monday, June 27th at my mom's house in Herndon :)  The more the merrier, please contact me if you would like to participate. We are starting to do this the first Monday of every month so if you can't make it this Monday, then you are always more than welcome to attend another session. We'd love to have you!

Here's a little background information on what we will be doing:

My mom volunteers at the Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter in Reston, VA and mentioned an opportunity for us to get involved.  We use Giant's online grocery delivery option called PeaPod to deliver the groceries to our small group leader's house and each of us pays about $15 for the groceries.   We form an assembly line to put everything together, but don't worry it's very informal. We just like to have a chance to get together and have fun while serving others.

Each bag typically includes 2 sandwhiches, a bottled water and snacks. Last time we made 60 bagged lunches and delivered them to the Reston Homeless Shelter.  Anyone can take the items to the shelter, last time Jenny, Laura and I did which was 5 minutes from my mom's house.  There is someone at the door who will assist by giving you a cart and letting you into the building.  They take the lunches to the kitchen for storage. 

Here are some pictures from our last packing event (more to come):

Just a few of the lunches we made

Here is what we put into each bagged lunch
Here are some from the 27th:

Almost originals....

Or, if you can't attend our function, you can always start your own packing event!

Here are the details from Reston Interfaith if you are interested in starting your own group:

We distribute approximately 60 bagged meals a day to residents and drop-in clients, and welcome your support of this important service. You can purchase food, prepare the meals at an off-site location and deliver them to the shelter - why not ask your family and friends to pitch in? Click here to view our bagged meal preparation guidelines Shelter Bagged Meal Guidelines or for Catering guidelines click here Shelter Meal Catering Guidelines.
To sign up, contact Susan Alger at 571.323.1383 at least one week in advance of your desired drop-off date.

Bagged Meals Needed for Embry Rucker Community Shelter Reston Interfaith's Embry Rucker Community Shelter provides a safe place for families and individuals to stay as they overcome barriers and transition to stable housing.

Rucker Homeless Shelter - Reston Interfaith

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