When you happen on someone who’s in trouble or needs help among your people with whom you live in this land that God, your God, is giving you, don’t look the other way pretending you don’t see him. Don’t keep a tight grip on your purse. No. Look at him, open your purse, lend whatever and as much as he needs. Don’t count the cost. ~ Deuteronomy 15:7-9 from The Message.
Our emergency food pantry operates every Friday afternoon. Clients are referred to our pantry from WestSide CARES or Reach Pikes Peak. This service, provided by our church to the Westside community, has run successfully since 1982.
In 2019, our pantry served 166 families with 349 people!
Thank you to the people who faithfully bring food either to church on Sunday mornings or to the Church office during the week. Also appreciated are the monetary gifts from our church members & friends in the community, the Manitou Springs Kiwanis Club and the church’s Mission Board. Please keep our pantry in mind when you shop at stores such as Sam’s Club or Costco — we can always use bulk items like spaghetti noodles, canned fruits, tuna, peanut butter, tooth paste, deodorant, toilet tissue, Kleenex and diapers.
Pantry/Westside Cares Lay Report for 2020
I want to extend my special thanks to our congregants for giving to our three WestSide CARES projects.
In June we supplied 350 glue sticks for school back-packs.
In November we were able to supply gift cards to purchase fourteen complete Thanksgiving dinners.
In December we adopted two Manitou Springs Elementary School families
(5 adults and 6 children). We gave them gift cards for Christmas gifts and food.
With the shuttering of our doors, we had to close our food pantry in March,
as did all the other WestSide CARES Food Pantries. In the late fall, we gave a large quantity of our non-perishable food to the Church in the Wildwood who was able to open their pantry twice a month.
Westside Cares CCC Rep