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Helping local school children who struggle with hunger

9

SCHOOLS

138

CHILDREN

7

months

966

BAGS

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Crossroads-Connection is a Christian community service organization that provides a Weekend Food Program for food insecure 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 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church of Haymarket.  We welcome all who desire to support this mission.

2020-2021 FOOD DRIVE SHOPPING/DONATION LIST


News for sEPTEMBER 2020

UPDATES FOR THE 2020/2021 SCHOOL YEAR

If nothing else, 2020 has been a year of change and uncertainty. Just like many of you, Crossroads has been waiting, watching, and trying to determine the best path forward. One thing that hasn’t changed is our mission; it has always been and will continue to be eliminating food insecurity as a barrier to learning. As you are aware, Prince William County decided to have students learn remotely for at least the first semester therefore, we’ve re-evaluated the distribution channel for our weekend food bags. 

 During this time of remote learning, we will be providing a different variety of food in larger portions that will be distributed monthly from Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (4090 Sudley Road, Haymarket). This food basket is not a month’s worth of food, rather it is intended to supplement meals that are being distributed by PWCS.

 Our goal for this year is to support 138 students in 9 schools. Admittedly, this is an ambitious goal for us. The highest number of students that we’ve supported in the past was 124. An additional 14 students might not seem like a lot but that’s an almost $4,000 increase to our small budget. We know the need is great…but so are our supporters and volunteers!  Please see the attached flyer for simple ways that you can support the food insecure children in Haymarket and Gainesville.

 As always, thank you for being part of the Crossroads Community!

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER:

  1. Go to www.SignUpGenius.com
  2. To create an account click on New Member Registration. Enter your email address and create a password.
  3. In the upper right corner look for "Create a Sign Up" and, beside it, the search icon.
  4. Click on the search icon.
  5. Go to “Search by Email”, enter the email info@crossroads-connection.org and click on search.
  6. This will take you to available sign ups for Crossroads.
  7. Click on Volunteers.
  8. On the sign up, scroll down to the date when you want to volunteer.
  9. Click on sign up and you’re set!

 

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AMAZON SHOPPERS, PICK UP A FEW ITEMS FROM OUR AMAZON WISH LIST!

Donating food items to Crossroads is easy!  Check out our Amazon Wish List:

 

 

The Challenge

Crossroads-Connection works with counselors at local public schools to identify students who are impacted by food insecurity; Crossroads provides weekend food to those students.  Funding comes from local churches, the Heritage Hunt Women's Organization, the Giving Circle of Heritage Hunt, The Women's Club of Dominion Valley, local businesses, and individual donors.  The number of children served each year depends on available funding.

Looking Back In Time...  Just 5 years ago our organization was reaching 40 children at 4 schools.  Today, thanks to donors and volunteers, we helping 138 children at twice as many schools.  Can you help?

The 2020-2021 School Year commitment is to serve 138 children:

  • Battlefield High School
  • Buckland Mills Elementary School
  • Bull Run Middle School
  • Glenkirk Elementary School
  • Gravely Elementary School
  • Mt. View Elementary School
  • PACE West School
  • Piney Branch Elementary School
  • Tyler Elementary School

The Details

Shopping, Packing, & Distribution

  • Volunteers shop virtually.  Many retailers are limiting the number of items that can be purchased at once and those that allow for bulk purchasing have subtantialy increased their prices, so we search for the most cost effective way to purchase food in bulk.   
  • Up to 22 volunteers meet monthly to pack.  We will be following CDC guidelines for the safety of all of our volunteers! 
  • Until students go back to the classroom, we will distribute meals at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church on the second Saturday of every month.  

 

$360

Cost per Child per 7-month School Year


$38,640

Budget for 2020-2021

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