We've entered into an arrangement with the Panera Bread Company in Florham Park as part of their Dough-Nation program where we receive the product they don’t sell by closing on Saturday night. We can use the breads, pastries, bagels, cookies, muffins for church friends and visitors, and to give away as an expression of love.
It's an honor to do the work of Jesus in giving bread to hungry people. We might even meet the Christ who said to his disciples: “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.” (Matthew 25)
You can participate in any of the following ways:
1. Pick-up & Drop-off, Saturday night/Sunday morning: Pick up 50-100 pounds of product at Panera Bread in Florham Park on Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. (verify Panera closing time before arrival) and bring it to the church before 8:15 a.m. Sunday morning (during summer before 9:15 am Sunday morning). During the Covid-19 lockdown you may bring it to church at any time that is convenient for you. You'll need a vehicle, and note that no more than 2 people may go for the pick up and must take a copy of the letter authorizing CUMC for pickup (use dropbox link below). You can drop off the product at the church on Saturday night if you have a key, or Sunday morning by 8:15 a.m. (summers by 9:15 am) Look for a table at the back of Rodda Hall or in the foyer where you can drop it off.
2. Preparation, Sunday morning at CUMC: Wrap baked goods in plastic bags or wrap, add twist tie and a card from CUMC. This is a perfect mission opportunity for a family or fellowship group; we're looking for two people, but many hands make lighter work! Plan to finish this before worship begins (9:00 a.m. during the program year, 10:00 a.m. in the summer); we'll offer some loaves to visitors at the service as a welcome gift.
3. Distribution, Sunday: Design your mission by distributing product to the destination of your choice. Some examples include food pantries, Drew University (food insecurity is not uncommon among graduate and seminary students), anywhere you can reach those who are hungry! (Please get clearance first from the organization in question.)
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