Westside Food Bank

November 2023: We are grateful for all of the participation in last Sunday’s Westside Food Bank Hunger walk. Nearly 400 people joined in the fight against hunger! Our team captain Martha Ross accepted on First UMC’s behalf, the award for the top fundraising team due to our raising over six thousand dollars! Thank you to everyone who helped make this a record-breaking event!

The Westside Food Bank is an important ministry partner with the First UMC Santa Monica congregation. Their work and mission: to end hunger in our communities by providing access to free nutritious food through food acquisition and distribution, and by engaging the community and advocating for a strong food assistance network. Last year they provided over 10 million meals and this year, we are dedicated to helping them continue their good work!

How can I participate in this ministry?
Pick up extra cans of food the next time you’re at the grocery store. Each Sunday we have bins located outside the Sanctuary to collect these donations for the Westside Food Bank. We also host seasonal food drives when the food bank is in need of particular food or goods.

Thank you for a successful 2022 Hunger Walk!

We celebrate the great turnout and community presence of First UMC during last Sunday’s Westside Food Bank Hunger Walk! 14 First UMC members came out and walked to help end hunger in our community, while many others walked on their own time, or donated to the team. Together we raised just over 3 thousand dollars, and, First UMC won the award for Top Fundraising Team! We thank you all!

Thanks to everyone who represented First UMC at the Westside Food Bank food sort day on Saturday, May 14, 2022! All of your volunteer work is greatly appreciated!

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