Lake Merritt United Methodist Church

Lake Merritt UMC Food Programs Support

Lake Merritt UMC's Food Ministries could use some help!
There are many ways to help, even from home. 

LMUMC Food Programs have continued to serve throughout this pandemic through the help of many volunteers. Serving 200 meals through Lake Lunches weekly, 350 grocery bags monthly, meal distributions through our partners, Eastlake United for Justice and World Central Kitchen and even offering help with voter registration and stimulus check applications. The blessed return has been a feeling of connectedness while we are still trying to keep everyone safe.

Beyond the volunteers who arrive to bag food and make sandwiches and walk the lake, who bring collections of bags and toiletries.. and so much more.. there are many ways to help to keep these programs thriving and improving in our service to the community.

It takes the collective to sustain this work. Please consider ways you and somone you know can help from the list below. Many of these things can be done remotely from home or in safe solitude at the church when needed. If you want to know more before signing up, you can reach out to Rose Lynn ([email protected]) or Kathleen ([email protected]). Once you sign up, we'll reach out to you to work together and support you along the way. Coming together now is critical to sustaining our programs in the near and long term!

Created by:   LMUMC Connectional Ministries
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Lots of ways to help out!

Lake Lunches Warm Clothes Drive (2)

Help organize warm clothes drive for Lake Lunches (socks, scarves, beanies, jackets, etc)


Donor Campaign for Dec Giving Tuesday or other end of year campaign

Help us recoup our fundraising efforts after putting a pause on LIFT concert 2020


Volunteer Coordination

Manage sign ups for the one or more of our food programs.


Volunteer Appreciation

Help imagine ways to appreciate our volunteers especially during this COVID time

1 slot filled - more available
Mariah Sumpter

Food Pantry Coordinators

Help coordinate a monthly food pantry distribution. Training and support are provided to eager new folks! We need you!

1 slot filled - more available
Mariah Sumpter

Donation outreach

Reach out to local businesses for donations of supplies needed for all programs

1 slot filled - more available
Mariah Sumpter

Food Bank Shopping (2)

Help shop at the Alameda County Community Food Bank for food program supplies.

1 of 2 slots filled
Mariah Sumpter

Food Pantry Inventory

Update the food pantry inventory spreadsheet with supplies on hand. Monthly task but date and time are flexible. Monthly need to scan/clean/purge/inventory food ministry foods in the four refrigerators/freezers.Training provided!

1 slot filled - more available
Mariah Sumpter

Coordinate weekly curbside meal distribution from First Ave Lot

Set Up and distribute meals curbside at the 1255 First Ave parking lot - day TBD but possibly Tuesday or Wednesday during lunch hour.


Lake Lunches Walk Leads (5)

Pick a regular time each month or week to host our Lake Lunches walk in partnership with community volunteers, somer regular and some new.

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