Our BurkeGivesBack Community Co-op, born on January 1, 2020, has seen the number of families needing groceries increasing every month.
September 2021 was the biggest month we have ever had in the co-op – almost 200 families. And through 10/20, October appears to be at least that big. Due to generous donations, we provide over 60 pounds of non-perishable food as well as milk, eggs, meat, produce, paper and cleaning products to each family each month. See below for ways to join in and help this important initiative!
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED:
There are so many ways to help out with the BurkeGivesBack community co-op!
Please check out the opportunities listed below and reach out to our Director of Outreach, Jane Wilson, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like more information.
SHARE food and gifts this season with neighbors!
We're assembling 200 Thanksgiving boxes for our families to be distributed on Saturday, November 20. Donate today using the links below!
We're also holding a Christmas “Parent Shop” where co-op parents will be able to register their kids and then “shop” for them on Saturday, December 18. Donate today!
Teddy Bear Brigade is back!
From now through the end of November, BUMC will once again collect stuffed animals for Gleaning for the World. Since 2001, Gleaning for the World (GFTW) has ministered to hurting children around the world through the gift of a stuffed animal in the program called the Teddy Bear Brigade. Reverend Tom Davidson, along with his wife, Jackie, started the program to give individuals working with struggling children a tool to help the children feel God’s love in their hands. Imagine a child surviving a natural disaster, a war-torn city, or becoming a refugee; what a comfort a stuffed animal can be to hug and hold! They can be new or gently used stuffed animals, but please no battery-operated toys! There will be a bin in the front circle of the church where they can be placed.
Please include $1 per bear to cover shipping costs when the bears make their journey to grateful children (checks can be made payable to GFTW).
HISTORY OF BurkeGivesBack
Because we are called by our faith to “Love Your Neighbor”, Burke United Methodist Church started holding “Change the World” events in May 2010. As our neighbors became interested in this event, we looked for ways to involve the community in helping to care for others and to learn about the needs both locally and far away. BurkeGivesBack was born in May 2017, and since then we have held May and October community events each year packing thousands of meals and collecting literally tons of food for area food banks. Our BurkeGivesBack Community Co-op is part of this ministry.
In February, we were able to give every child who visited the co-op (over 200!) a “Love your Neighbor” bag with some school supplies, age-appropriate books and lots of snacks
In April, every family who visited the co-op got a bag with all the ingredients to make the Peruvian dish Lomo Saltado, recipe provided by our friend Angel and his sisters! The dish is called Lomo Saltado. Click HERE for the recipe if you want to try it out for yourself at home!
BGB CO-OP STORIES:
Joe and his mom came to the Burke Gives Back Community Food Co-op in May. He was leaning out of his car window with his arms outspread over his head. He kept spreading his arms wider and wider, saying “This is my lucky day!” “This is my lucky day!” “This is my lucky day!” With every sentence, he stood taller and taller, and his voice became louder and louder.
A volunteer stopped by his car to talk with him. He announced that he was in first grade. He was a GREAT reader, and he was a REALLY GOOD student, too!
The volunteer asked him why this was his lucky day.
Joe looked at the volunteers who were loading groceries into this car. His family was receiving bags full of non-perishable food, produce, milk, eggs, and bread. He looked back at the volunteer beside his car, then he raised his hands in the air again and shouted, “Because today WE HAVE FOOD!”
Joe could see the food. He didn’t know yet that there was information in the bags for his family. The information was in both English and Spanish. They were about to discover that there was even more help available to them.
Joe and his family left that day feeling welcomed, empowered, and inspired by the care and compassion she received through Burke Gives Back.
The Burke Gives Back Food Co-Op is more than cans of food on shelves, it is really about people helping their neighbors. When we first opened the Co-Op we experienced difficulties in communicating with many of our members who were not native English speakers. One of our members, Angel volunteered to work at the Co-Op on Saturdays to act as an interpreter.
He is originally from Peru and lives locally with his eight grandchildren. Over the past six months, Angel has been there every Saturday, greeting each car, passing out information about other assistance programs and making sure each family gets groceries, diapers and school supplies, Every Saturday, Angel is the face of Burke United Methodist Church as we share our love for our neighbors, We are blessed to have an “Angel” in our Food Co-Op.
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