Westside Food Bank

Dec. 2020: Your generous donations will go to help neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity during this challenging year. In addition to this, the First UMC team has also raised over $9,000 through the 5K Virtual Hunger Walk! These funds will go directly to the Westside Food Bank’s efforts to feed and support those in need this winter. Thank you for spreading the faith and joining together to support our community! We give thanks for Martha Ross, who initiated the food drive project, and to Russ Wittenburg, team captain for Team First UMC’s 5K walking group.

Thanksgiving Food Drive & 30th Annual 5k Hunger Walk with Martha Ross, and the Westside Food Bank

Last year, Westside Food Bank provided food for over 110,000 people in Western Los Angeles County. This year, they will be distributing food for twice as many people in response to the food insecurity so many people are now facing due to the pandemic.
First UMC has two ways to participate in their food assistance efforts:

  1. Donate Cereal and Stuffing
    First UMC member Martha Ross has coordinated a boxed food drive. Westside Food Bank requests ONLY boxed Stuffing and Cereal (no other Thanksgiving food items please), which you may drop off at First UMC in one of three bins we will have out in front of the church campus.
    Food Drop-off dates are: Tuesday, November 3 – Friday, November 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  2. Participate in the 30th Annual Virtual 5k Hunger Walk
    Join team “First UMC Santa Monica” (Go to: www.my.wsfb.org. Sign-up is free.)
    This year’s walk is a combination of: Tuning in to watch the Hunger Walk Kick-Off show on Sunday, November 8, at 1 p.m.; then, it’s time for you to walk! You’ll have a week to complete your 5K, starting on Sunday November 8. You can walk in your own neighborhood or on your favorite hiking route, alone or with those in your family or team. Make sure to wear a mask and stay six feet apart from any other walkers!
  3. Don’t forget to take photos & videos of your personal Hunger Walk and share them online using the hashtag #WSFBHungerWalk and tagging #santamonicaumc, and @westsidefoodbank on Instagram and Facebook. Sharing photos & video is a great way to update your supporters and spread more awareness about hunger.