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MCC Grocery Bag Project

It’s Spring, which means that it’s time for our annual Grocery Bag Project!  This endeavor was birthed almost 20 years ago by the Mennonite Central Committee, and its sole purpose is to help Anabaptist congregations – such as Five Forks –  see that food gets distributed to those in need throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.   
What we ask our congregation to do every year – and you have been doing great with this – is fill a grocery bag (double-bagged actually) and fill it with the non-perishable items that can be found listed below.  The list not only lets you know what items to purchase but also the size of each item.
Three very important things you need to be aware of:
  • Please be sure to use a brown paper bag, not the plastic bags that are commonly used by most grocery stores.  In order to efficiently load and transport the bags onto skids and onto the truck, it is necessary to have the items in paper bags rather than plastic.  
  • As noted above, please double bag.  The bags are moved from one place to another many times (From home to your vehicle to the church to a truck to a pallet to a truck to the distribution site to the recipient to their home).  A single bag will tear and not survive the journey, leaving cans of fruit and vegetables rolling in various directions.  And so please be sure to double-bag before placing the items in the bag.  It makes a huge difference!  Note:  Bags and the list of items are available at the Connect Station in the Auditorium foyer.
  • Be sure to bring your bag(s) to the church by Wednesday, May 12th, and we will see that they get transported to the Cumberland Valley Relief Center the next day. 
List of Items to be placed in each bag:
Vegetable oil (32 oz.)
Pasta (2 lbs.)
Raisins (1 lb.)
White rice (32 oz.)
2 cans of meat (chicken or tuna) (12 oz.)
1 can tomato sauce (15 oz.)
2 cans fruit (14-20 oz.)
2 cans vegetables (14-16 oz.)
2 cans of beans (15.5 oz.)
1 box of cereal (14-18 oz.)
Peanut butter (28 oz.) 
Thank you for your participation in this important ministry through the years, and we hope that you will be able to minister in Jesus’ name again this year!