Spend Yourself® Food Pantry
2nd annual Soup-er Bowl
Help us fill our Shop-N-Share Bins around the church with cans of meal/hearty soup. (Progresso, Healthy Choice, Campbell's Chunky Soup, etc.). The goal is to collect 500 cans by Sunday, February 5. Please add this item to your grocery list to help us be a blessing to the 200 families that come through our Pantry doors each week!
About the Food Pantry
The Spend Yourself® Food Pantry (formerly known as Columbia Center for Missions) provides food to hungry people in our community. Our goal is to help the hungry and build relationships in a warm and welcoming environment. 2015 was another year of growth in the ministry--26% more client visits, 12% more food received (including Thanksgiving Share donations), and 13% more volunteer hours.
Location & Hours of Operation:Saturdays, 9:30 am-12 noon
Columbia @ Crossroads
3245 Glen Carlyn Rd
Falls Church, VA 22041
Information For Clients
We do not require referrals or check IDs. Anyone is welcome to come each Saturday, between 9:30 am and noon. Clients generally receive ~3 bags of non-perishable food, plus one or two bags of bread and whatever other fresh items we have that day.
There are various ways you can get involved:
DONATE FOOD (SHOP & SHARE)
Check out our current needs list to see what you can donate. Place your donations in the blue bins around the church building; or contact Betsy Pankey, to make arrangements for delivery of big donations.
Donate now by going to our Online Giving page. Sign up for an account and designate the Columbia Food Pantry for your contribution.
Federal employees in the National Capital Area can donate to the food pantry through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), an annual fundraising drive conducted by federal employees in their workplace each fall. To contribute directly to the pantry through the CFC, visit the campaign website and designate charity #76306 (Spend Yourself® Food Pantry) or contact Pastor for Missions, Greg Loewer for more information.
PRAY FOR THE PANTRY MINISTRY
Please pray for our clients; for our volunteers; and for the continued success of the ministry.
VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
The primary volunteer time is on Saturdays, between 8:30 am and around 12:15 pm. Learn More about how to volunteer today!
Food Pantry statisticsIn 2015, through faithful donations of time, prayer, money and food items, including cereal, canned vegetables, pasta and rice, the Food Pantry:
- Received 328,907 pounds of food (2014: 291,867, a 12.7% increase)
- Served 9,534 households, made up of 39,075 individuals (2014: 7,532 households, a 26.6% increase)
- Distributed 38,802 bags of food (2014: 28,755 bags of food, a 34.9% increase)
- Received help from 687 individual volunteers, totaling 11,796 volunteer hours! (2014: 10,425 volunteer hours, a 13.2% increase)
- View the food pantry statistics for 2005-2015