St. Louis, Missouri


2017 Summer Food Drive

Memorial Day through Labor Day

September 18, 2017 Update
The Outreach Ministry would like to thank everyone for participating in Hope’s Summer Food Drive.
1 in 6 people in the bi-state region are in need of food assistance. At 31%, children make up the largest segment of individuals needing food assistance from the Foodbank. The St. Louis Area Foodbank is the region’s largest nonprofit food distribution center dedicated to feeding those in need. It distributes food to more than 500 area food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other feeding programs throughout 26 area counties (14 in MO/12 in IL). On behalf of the St. Louis Area Foodbank and the families you’ve helped feed, we would like to thank Hope United Church or Christ for your food donation of 312 lbs.
The food you collected will provide 255 meals to those in need!

Click here to see the Thank You letter from the Food Bank.


Food_Drive_ImageIn our church’s continuing effort to battle poverty, the Outreach Ministry would like to invite the congregation to participate in our summer giving project. We will collect and give food to The St. Louis Area Foodbank which then will distribute the food to food banks in St. Louis City and 26 area counties, including St. Louis County.

We will kick off this mission on May 28 and it will culminate on September 3. Each Sunday between Memorial Day and Labor Day non-perishable items can be donated. Please bring items to church each Sunday and place them in the big red barrels located in the narthex, the chapel and the sanctuary. Hope collected approximately 740 pounds of food in 2016. Our goal for 2017 is to beat last year’s record. We hope to help more families this year. Our goal is to donate 900 pounds of nonperishable food and other items.

While almost any nonperishable item is appreciated, there are some types of items that allow food pantries and other agency partners to best meet clients’ nutritional and household needs. Below is the St. Louis Area Foodbank’s suggested list of items to donate and the suggested dates to bring them to church. Please consider low sugar and low sodium versions of these items. If you don’t have the suggested item for a particular Sunday, but still want to participate, it’s OK to bring one of the suggested items from a different week. Thank you for your support of Hope’s church-wide mission project!

Sunday Suggested Items
May 28 Peanut Butter (Plastic Containers)
Bottled Jelly (Plastic Containers)
June 4 Toiletry Items for Isaiah 58:
June 11 Hot Cereal
Cold Cereal
June 18 Canned Vegetables
Canned Fruit
Canned Soup/Canned Chili
June 25 Toiletry Items for All Among Us:
July 2 Toiletry Items for Isaiah 58:
Deodorant Soap
July 9 Boxed/Bagged Rice
Boxed Complete Meals
July 16 Canned Soup/ Canned Chili
Canned Tuna
Canned Chicken
July 23 Powdered Milk
Boxed and Plastic Bottles of Juice
July 30 Toiletry Items for All Among Us:
Deodorant Soap
August 6 Toiletry Items for Isaiah 58:
Toilet Paper
August 13 Instant Mashed Potatoes
Macaroni and Cheese
August 20 Diapers
Baby Food (Plastic Containers)
Baby Formula
August 27 Toiletry Items for All Among Us – such as:
Deodorant Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Sunscreen, Lotion
September 3 Toiletry Items for Isaiah 58 – such as:
Deodorant, Shampoo, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes,
Combs, Razors, Shaving Cream, etc.