Food Roundup 2020
“Are you going to use cream of mushroom, Mrs. Shirley?”
Nick spotted the can of soup as he and “Mrs. Shirley,” his cottage mother, were going through the pantry looking for ingredients. It would be time to eat soon, and Shirley needed to make sure there was plenty of dinner for the ten hungry boys in her cottage.
“I could use cream of chicken instead,” Shirley answered the 10-year-old boy. “Why do you ask?”
“At home, that’s all me and my brother ever ate,” he responded “I never want to see a can of cream of mushroom ever again!”
Bad memories are the only memories Nick and his brother Bo have of home. The boys were severely abused. They were often locked away in their house with little or no food. If they ate at all, cream of mushroom soup was what they regularly received.
“Mrs. Shirley, I can’t believe how much food you cook!”
Nick is always amazed when he sees Shirley preparing a big dinner for the cottage. And he can’t get over how he is allowed to have a healthy snack any time he asks.
At Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH), boys and girls equate food with love. These children, who have gone without, know that they are loved when an adult ensures they have plenty to eat. Boys and girls know that North Carolina Baptists, like you, care about them when they see the food you collect for the annual Food Roundup.
The Food Roundup is essential for providing children, like Nick and Bo, the food they've gone too long without. So many boys and girls could never count on eating regularly before coming to live at BCH. It is the reason why the annual Food Roundup means so much to the hundreds of children and families you help us serve every year.
How Does the Food Roundup Help?
When churches, businesses and other community friends unite for the annual Food Roundup, it feeds hundreds and hundreds of boys and girls living at Baptist Children's Homes. When you are feeding BCH cottages across North Carolina that can have as many as a dozen children, it takes a lot of food to fill hungry bellies.
What is this Year's Goal?
We need you to help collect $400,000 in nonperishable food, supplies and gift cards. This equals approximately 700,000 meals and snacks -- enough to feed them for a year!
When Do We Collect and How Do We Deliver our Donations?
Promote and collect throughout the month of April. You can deliver your collections at designated statewide pick-up points. BCH will begin picking up donations from collection points in late April. You will need to find out the last day your collection point will accept food deliveries prior to the starting date. DATE COMING SOON.
Resources and Contact Info for You
Downloadable resources, including needs list, collection guide, statewide pick-up points list, video, slides, flyer and ads are available below.
For more information about how you, your church or organization can be a part of Food Roundup, contact Alan Williams at 1-800-476-3669 ext. 1277 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Hands to Their Hearts (1 min)
When the food you collect arrives at Baptist Children's Homes, its journey has only begun! It travels from your hands, to their tables and fills their hearts. You can download a copy to view in your church or with a group by clicking on the "Download" button on the Vimeo video page at www.vimeo.com/bchfamily/fr19. Scroll below for more videos.
Trevor and Tabitha struggled with hunger before coming to Baptist Children's Homes. Click on vimeo.com/117212932 to download their story.
"Do You Eat Everyday?"
Cottage parents Sian and Adam Saunders have cared for many hungry children at Baptist Children's Homes throughout the years. Listen to their story. Download their video at vimeo.com/bchfamily/food16a
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT THE FOOD ROUNDUP
Do you want to provide meals and snacks for BCH's boys and girls, but do not have the time or ability to collect and drop off items? You can still make a difference by becoming a BCH Food Angel. For as little as $4.92 a month, you can help provide 36 meals a year to children and families in need. Click the below image to learn more.