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Helping local school children who struggle with hunger

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SCHOOLS

83

CHILDREN

42

WEEKENDS

3,486

BAGS

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Crossroads-Connection is a Christian community service organization that provides a Weekend Food Program for needy children in the public schools of Gainesville and Haymarket, Virginia.  Our goal is to alleviate hunger as an obstruction to classroom learning.  Sustained by a faithful and growing community of donors and volunteers, we operate as a chartered club of Heritage Hunt and a ministry of Riverside Presbyterian Church.  We welcome all who desire to support this mission.

1. Download Info Sheet
2. Transition Announcement (4/2018)


News / august 2018

Crossroads-Connection is a local charity dependent entirely on the goodwill of donors like you.  Every dollar received goes to the purchase of food.  If you wish to donate, see the information below to donate online or by check

HAYMARKET DAY IS COMING!  Crossroads-Connection will be participating in Haymarket Day on Saturday, September 15th.  Many of us our blessed in our lives and it is easy to forget that children in our schools come to class Monday mornings hungry.  Our goal is to spread the word about the Crossroads program and continue to build community support.  Stop by our booth in the “Community Non-Profit” area at Haymarket Day.

PACKING & DELIVERY FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR:  Plan Now to Volunteer!

1. Aug 27/28: 3 weekends
2. Sep 17/18: 4
3. Oct 15/16: 4
4. Nov 12/13: 5
5. Dec 17/18: 4
6. Jan 14/15: 4
7. Feb 11/12: 4
8. Mar 11/12: 4
9. Apr 8/9: 5
10. May 13/14: 5

AMAZON WISH LIST  We know it “takes a village” to provide weekend meals to the food insecure children of Haymarket and Gainesville.  We also know that sometimes life gets busy and it’s not always easy to find the time to volunteer.  While we hope to see your smiling face at one of our future packing parties, we also want to make helping easy!   Next time you're doing online shopping, check out our Amazon Wish List, click on an item (or a few) and check out…Amazon takes care of the rest!    We thank you for your continued support of Crossroads-Connection.  Click here, or from your own Amazon session:

  1. Click on Accounts and Lists on the upper right side of the menu
  2. Click on Your Lists/Wish List
  3. Click on the Your Friends Tab
  4. Enter Crossroads Connection in the “Enter a Person’s Name” Field. Click Search
  • See the link above to “Transition Announcement (4/2018)”.  As steps are taken to make the transition complete you can read about them here. Our partners at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church will take the lead for managing packing and delivery in August 27 & 28.

  • New Contacts for Crossroads-Connection:

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Does your child need Volunteer Service Hours?  Contact crossroads.connection2010@gmail.com to learn how he or she can help.

POVERTY & HUNGER IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY

On February 20, 2018, Dr. Brian Engleman, a demographer for Prince William County, made a power point presentation to the Giving Circle of Heritage Hunt.  Although his topic is broad, the primary focus is on the area of Gainesville and Haymarket.  The issues of poverty and hunger are of particular interest to Crossroads-Connection.  With his permission, the entire presentation is available HERE for your viewing.

 

The Challenge

Crossroads-Connection works with counselors at local public schools to provide weekend food for children in need.  Funding comes from local churches and church organizations, the Heritage Hunt Women's Organization, the Giving Circle of Heritage Hunt, The Women's Club of The Regency, local businesses, and individual donors.  The number of children served each year depends on available funding.

Looking Back In Time...  Just 2 years ago our organization was reaching 40 children at 4 schools.  Today, thanks to donors and volunteers, we helping 83 children at twice as many schools.  The need is great.  Can you help?

The 2018–2019 School Year commitment is to serve 83 children:

  • Bull Run Middle School:  12 children
  • Glenkirk Elementary School:  3 children
  • Gravely Elementary School:  13 children
  • Mt. View Elementary School:  4 children
  • PACE West School:  13 children
  • Piney Branch Elementary School:  14 children
  • Tyler Elementary School:  14 children
  • Buckland Mills Elementary School:  10 children

The Details

Shopping, Packing, & Delivery

  • Volunteers organize to shop bi-monthly or as needed at local stores
  • Packing is monthly with 15-20 volunteers
  • Delivery is monthly

Food Provided is non-perishable, high protein, low sugar.  Items may vary from time to time. 

  • Cereal - instant oatmeal
  • Milk - low fat white and chocolate
  • Fruit - applesauce and boxed raisins
  • Dinners - variety of Chef Boyardee and Cup Noodles
  • Snack Items - protein bars, peanuts
  • Salty Snacks - Cheez-Its, peanut butter crackers
  • Sweet Snacks - Rice Krispies Treats, protein bars

Individuals Seeking Volunteer Service Hours Always Welcome!

We use SignUpGenius for routine volunteer signups.

$250

Cost per Child per 10-month School Year


$20,750

Budget for 2017–2018

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