Tacoma Nazarene Church has been proud to serve and be a part of Tacoma for over 100 years! In recent years we have consistently provided our community hot dinners every other Tuesday. Across the country today, job and income loss due to COVID-19 has impacted many people. It has also impacted the options we have for serving those people. Due to COVID regulations, we found ourselves unable to continue providing dinners for those in need at our facility. So we worked to find solutions. Approximately two months after Gov. Inslee’s “Stay at Home” order was issued we began our new ministry, Serving Our Neighbors. It is currently funded through a small weekly budget of $150. Through this ministry, we prepare and deliver up to 120 meals every Wednesday for our neighbors in several areas of Tacoma.
Our current meal typically provides the following:
· 2 Sandwiches, typically 1 meat & cheese and 1 peanut butter and jelly
· 1 bag chips or a pack of crackers · Fruit (usually apple sauce or oranges)
· Dessert when donated (usually cookies or some sort of fruit/grain bar for an extra snack)
· 1 Water bottle
Through our $ 150-week budget, the following Serving Our Neighbors supplies are purchased:
· Gallon size Ziploc bags to hold the lunches
· Paper sandwich bags
· Chips or crackers
· Bottled water
· Mustard & mayo packets
· Peanut butter & jelly
· Paper sandwich/bakery bags
· Sliced cheese
· Apple sauce/soft fruit
Sometimes our weekly budget only covers the cost of 100-120 meals. When there is remaining money, it is used to purchase other essential items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, sanitary items, nail clippers, combs, washcloths, etc.
All of these supplies help our neighbors in the Tacoma community. They greatly appreciate our assistance to them! But, Our goal is to raise funds so we can provide hats, gloves, socks, sanitary items, that are desperately needed, and to increase the number of meals we provide each week. With enough funding, our goals would also include providing children and families with sweaters, coats, and blankets needed for the cold months ahead.
We are in serious need of cash/item donations to help us provide for increasing numbers of Tacoma families and individuals who may have fallen on hard times due to loss of income, employment, and resources resulting from COVID-19. We invite you to join us in “serving our neighbors” in these important, very practical ways! Thank you!