Thanksgiving Food Drive

Please bring non-perishable food donations to church the next four weeks (Sunday, October 28, November 4, November 11, November 18) with the intention of sharing God’s bounty with our community. St. John’s United Church of Christ is receiving a list of families from Access of West Michigan’s Holiday Giving Network and the Northwest Pantry. We will be assembling Thanksgiving Baskets filled with your donated non-perishable food items for local families in need and delivering them to homes on the West side of Grand Rapids on Sunday, November 18.

How can you help? (1) Bring in non-perishable food each week. (2) Donate cash for a turkey and other needed dinner items. (3) Volunteer to deliver one or more of our assembled dinner baskets to a local family on Sunday, November 18. (4) Start a non-perishable food collection in your office or school. (5) Contact Theresa Bileth at

NON-PERISHABLE DONATION Ideas: CANS: Veggies, fruits, tuna, chicken, salmon, and other canned meats, spam, pastas, beans, cranberry sauce, gravy, soups, broths, ravioli, single serving canned meals. BOXES: Rice, stuffing mix, any pasta, macaroni and cheese, variety of styles of dried potatoes, juice boxes, chicken & turkey broth, helper meal starters, cereals, granola bars, cookies, crackers, pudding mix, cake mix, lunchbox style individually wrapped items, rice krispie treats. JARS: Applesauce, spaghetti sauce, fruits, juices, jam/jelly, peanut butter, baby food. PACKAGES: Portioned commercially sealed packs of trail mix, dried fruit snacks, beef jerky, pudding cups, fruit cups, jello cups, bagged rice or beans, peanut butter crackers, pretzels, goldfish, cookies, crackers, chips, oatmeal packets, nuts, gravy and other packets, ramen noodles, variety of packaged Lipton or Knorr rice or pasta one-skillet meal packets, capri sun drinks, drink mix packets.