Thanksgiving Food Drive 2019

10.08.19 | Student Ministries, Children, Youth, News, Local Missions, Mission News

    Thanksgiving is always a special time for everyone in this church and an especially generous time for our Food Ministry.

    Check out the many ways you can help provide a Thanksgiving meal to our San Diego neighbors who are in need this holiday season.

    Kids First & Students 1st CANNED FOOD DRIVE


    Our children and youth are collecting non-perishable food items for Food Ministry.  Consider picking one of these items up as you cruise the grocery store and bring it to the check-in tables on the plaza.

    • boxed stuffing mix
    • canned vegetables
    • canned fruits
    • cranberry sauce
    • canned yams
    • gravy mix
    • boxed mashed potatoes
    • boxed dessert mix

    Contact Kenton Hundley   or call 619-297-4366, ext. 118 or Daniel Froman , or call 619-297-4366, ext. 140.


    “Thanksgiving in a Bag” for Food Ministry

    Collecting Sundays October 27, November 3, 10, 17, and 24 before 12:30 PM

    Every year we give a turkey with a matching bag of groceries to over 400 families that are served throughout the year at our weekly food distribution at Wesley United Methodist Church.

    We make it simple by providing you with brown shopping bags and an attached suggested shopping guide. Pick up your brown bag at these locations:

    • Church Office, anytime Sunday morning or during regular office hours
    •  Sundays at the "Reaching Out with Love” table on the patio.

    You may also donate cash, gift cards or checks, which would allow us to make bulk purchases.

    Volunteers needed

    Volunteers for Shopping
    We are seeking volunteers to help purchase some of the Thanksgiving food items we will put in the bags. If you are available to help please contact Rev. Melissa Spence,

    Volunteers for Packaging
    Saturday, November 23  |  9 - 11 AM
    Linder Hall Stage

    Volunteers are needed to help process all returned bags and create additional bags from any other non-perishable goods we've received. Our goal is to create as many additional grocery bags as possible, so those who don’t get a turkey will still get something for the holiday. If you are available to help please contact Rev. Melissa Spence,



    Collecting: Sunday November 17, 24 and Wednesday, November 27

    We are partnering with Congregation Beth Israel at the Thanksgiving Eve worship to collect food to benefit Mama’s Kitchen, a support organization for those living with AIDS.

    Look for drop-off barrels located:
    • below the Sanctuary
    • in Linder Lounge

    Suggested food items:

    • Box of cereal
    • Small package of pancake mix
    • Instant oatmeal packets
    • 24 oz bottle of cooking oil
    • 16 oz jar of peanut butter
    • 16 oz jar of jelly
    • Spaghetti sauce
    • Box of pasta
    • Packets of pasta dinners
    • Canned diced tomatoes
    • Canned soups
    • Canned chili
    • Canned beans
    • Macaroni and cheese
    • Canned tuna fish/salmon 


    Saturday, November 9, 7:30 - 11 AM

    Volunteers from St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral will serve alongside volunteers from First United Methodist Church to prepare and serve a simple morning meal for hungry individuals living in and around the Balboa Park area. If you are available to help serve a simple breakfast on Saturday, November 9, please contact Rev. Melissa Spence, or call 619-297-4366 ext. 120. 

    This ministry takes place the second Saturday of each month from 7:30-11 AM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral.