“We make disciples as we send persons into the world to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed, being and becoming a compassionate, caring presence, and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel.” – The Book of Discipline of United Methodist Church, Section 122
Backpack Buddies is a program for providing nutritious snacks to students in the county who do not have enough to eat on weekends. It is difficult for many of us to imagine, but 83% of the children attending Langston Chapel Elementary School live below the poverty level. Because of the great need to provide sufficient nutrition to these at-risk children, Pittman Park has volunteered to be responsible for supplying the food and packing the back packs each week for 75 Langston Chapel Elementary students. Just before the school Christmas holidays, we also pack a box of food for each of these families to help them out while school is not in session.
Much of the financial support for Backpack Buddies comes from the United Methodist Women.
If you would like to donate your time, we pack the backpacks on Wednesdays (when school is in session) at 4:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Help is also needed 1:00-1:30 p.m. each Friday at Langston Chapel Elementary School. If you would like to know more, contact Karen Lavendar at 912-681-9249.
Can Do Spirit is a food collection ministry started by members of Pittman Park to help provide food to those in need in our community. It works in collaboration with other community organizations. The Lee Street Recovery House sends a team each week to help prepare twenty-one parcels that are then transferred to Christian Social Ministries who distributes them at their center. Food is donated and also purchased from Second Harvest in Savannah.
Volunteers are needed to deliver Second Harvest food, pack parcels and collect boxes and bags. Food donations can be dropped off at the church any time. There are collection boxes in the hall outside the church office. Any monetary contributions may be made payable to Pittman Park UMC and marked "Can Do Spirit Food Ministry."
If you would like to know how to plug in please contact the church office, (912) 681-3213.
Rebecca’s Café is a collaborative effort of several local churches and other organizations that serve lunch to between 85-110 people each Tuesday and Thursday at the old Julia P. Bryant school by the Food Bank. Pittman Park’s day to serve is the 1st Thursday and the 4th Tuesday of the month, and volunteers are needed 10-2:00 to prepare, serve and clean up. Major food preparation is done beforehand, and volunteers are needed for this as well.
If you are interested in serving in any capacity, please contact the church office 912-681-3213.