Stop Hunger Now
Every November, Rome First coordinates a multi-church effort to pack nutritious, dehydrated meals for children in need around the world. Since we started this project in 2011, more than 20 United Methodist Churches in our area have partnered to pack nearly 250,000 meals.
The Community Kitchen is a ministry established by Rome First UMC and other downtown churches that has grown into its own non-profit entity. Through this ministry, those in need are fed lunch every weekday. On average, 150 meals are served each day to men, women, and children. In 2012, more than 35,000 meals were served.
Church members prepare the food and serve it the first full week of each month. Church members also regularly donate food to the Community Kitchen pantry and the church supports this ministry financially. Meals are served from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.
There are several opportunities to volunteer in this ministry. You can help prepare the food, serve the food, or assist with cleanup (9:00 am – 1:00pm on serving days). You do not have to stay the entire time; many volunteers can work 1-2 hours at a time. Another opportunity is picking up donated food from various area restaurants and grocery stores. This is done on the third Tuesday of each month.
The Community Kitchen is located at 4 Calhoun Avenue, Rome, GA 30161. For more information, contact the church office, or Melanie Baker at 706-346-6695.
Rome Action Ministries (or RAM) works in Rome and Floyd County to help individuals and families break the cycle of hunger and poverty that entrap them. RAM provides clients with access to a food pantry, meal assistance, referrals, and life-skill training. RAM operates three food pantries that provide groceries to their guests. They also operate a Backpack Buddies program that provides at-risk children with extra nutrition on weekends.
These programs are aimed at preventing families from becoming homeless and helping the homeless transition into more stable living conditions. In 2012, they assisted more than 50,000 individuals and distributed more than 1.2 million pounds of groceries to families in need. They also operate the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program and are aiming to serve 20,000 lunches to children in need this summer.
Rome First UMC supports this ministry through volunteers working in the food pantry, food drives during the year, and also financially. We maintain food collection bins for RAM year-round. We also support other RAM initiatives throughout the year with volunteers and material donations. To learn more about RAM, click here or call 706-291-7731