Many thanks for the overwhelming support our community has shown to our neighbors in need. Our donation bin overflows and has to be emptied daily. Cash donations allow us to buy milk, bread, fruit, and vegetables to have available for the 70+ families that will visit the co-op this month. It is a blessing and a source of joy to see this generosity! Thank you!
The following Burke UMC ministries
will continue as our building is closed:
The grocery co-op is open at the following times:
Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 pm
Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 pm
Saturdays from 9:00-10:00 am
All are welcome to visit once each month.
COMMUNITY CO-OP SHOPPING LIST
Items can be dropped off in box in the front circle of Burke UMC
Potatoes and Onions
Apples and oranges/mandarins
Bags of Rice /Bags of beans
Canned Vegetables and tomatoes
Canned meals – Chili, Stew, Pasta, Baked Beans
Canned Tuna or Chicken or other meat
Can or jar of Spaghetti Sauce
Macaroni and Cheese
·We are making weekend food bags to distribute as we learn of need.
· We continue to provide meals for Lamb Center and Hot Breakfast for the Homeless.
· We are continuing with the daily gleaning program
· Our sewing groups are making face masks – if you need one, take what you need from the “Face Mask Box” in the front circle of the church.
· We are responding to calls of donations that can’t be used and moving them to where they are needed. Target continues to bring donations that we have been able to send to ECHO, Rising Hope, FACETS and Lorton Community Action Center.
We will be doing all these activities with a small core group of volunteers to minimize interaction that may lead to contagion. (We do not need additional volunteers at this point.) However - we anticipate serving a growing number of people. Our needs will be great. So if you are shopping for yourself and can toss in a few additional items, we would be very grateful. Please see the information below and to the right.
How You Can Help:
Click the box below to donate to a COVID-19 support fund that will be used to address needs in our local community.
Updates From Community Partners:
- Lamb Center (3160 Campbell Dr., Fairfax): beginning on Monday, the Lamb Center will be running the Saturday schedule all week (8:00 am -12:30pm). They will be serving breakfast and lunch. They have asked for donations of:
bottles of anti-bacterial hand soap
If you are not able to take these to the Lamb Center directly, leave them labeled in our donation box and we will get them to the Lamb Center.
- ECHO (7205 Old Keene Mill Rd, Springfield) – Needs food and financial donations desperately!! They are open in the morning from 9:30- noon. Only food, cleaning/ health products, and financial donations will be accepted They are observing social distancing protocols. If you are not able to take these ECHO directly, leave them labeled in our donation box and we will get them to ECHO.
- Rising Hope – will not be holding services. Lunch will be available as a take-away meal. The food pantry will be making prepacked bags available for their regular families. They are accepting the donations BUMC gleans for them from Whole Foods.
- FACETS – . During this uncertain time, the individuals and families FACETS serves are more dependent than ever on FACETS for food, shelter and other essential services. There doors remain open but they can’t do it alone and are reaching out to our community for help.
HOW TO HELP:
Donate Non-Perishable Food Items, cleaning items or Gift Cards at FACETS Main Office: 10700 Page Avenue, Building B, Fairfax, VA 22030.
The most-needed items include:
- Breakfast Foods: Oatmeal, Cereal, Breakfast Bars, Granola Bars
- Canned Meats or Fish: Tuna, Chicken, Stew, Chili, Etc.
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Pasta & Pasta Sauce
- Canned Vegetables & Fruit
- Packets of Peanut Butter Crackers and Cheese Crackers
- Bottled Water
- Household Cleaning Supplies
(Clorox Wipes, Lysol, Bleach, Paper Towels)
- Hand Sanitizer
- Antibacterial Soap
- Rubber Gloves
- Volunteer with FACETS. Volunteers are needed to help with food distributions, increased cleaning schedules, transportation, assisting students and families with remote learning, and other activities. Please contact Tammy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Donate money to help with financial needs:
- Schools: Breakfast will be available from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and lunch will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday at 39 locations (closest site is Burke School, 9645 Burke Lake Road). Click here for complete list. https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources
- Neighborhood and Community Services: provides access and referrals to both government and community-based resources for assistance with, but not limited to: food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare. Call: 703-222-0880, TTY 711 Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm