How we help


Our faith community brings us together for nourishment of our inner beings, our bodies, each other and the world.  Below are listed the ways in which we help meet the needs of physical hunger in the world.

  • crossroads dinner

    Every fourth Monday we serve dinner to about 75 people at the Salvation Army facility near Crossroads Mall in Bellevue. Some of our guests are homeless, others just want a connection and conversation.  We cook after worship on the Sunday and then serve dinner at the Salvation Army facility in Bellevue on the fourth Monday of each month.  Contact Darlene Pollard for more information.

     

  • Bread/Produce Rescue Run

    Each Friday morning, FUMCB volunteers pick up day old groceries from grocery stores, and deliver them to Mary's Place, a day center and shelter for homeless women and children, in downtown Seattle. For more information or to become a volunteer in this ministry, contact Franz and Lorrie Schwarm.

     

  • snacks for stevenson elementary school

    Hungry kids don’t do well at school, so we provide snacks for the Family Connections Center at Bellevue’s Stevenson Elementary School, where 44% of kids are on free and reduced lunch.  The snacks are distributed to classrooms and used in after school programming.  Donation bins and lists of suggested foods can be found in the north coat closet.

     

  • turkeys for mary's place

    Every November, when they are on sale, we collect all the frozen turkeys we can get for Mary’s Place, a day center and shelter for homeless women and children in Seattle, providing lots of protein for them throughout the year.  Donate a turkey, or two, and bring it to store in the church freezer!  Contact Shirley Hirsch for more information.

     

  • plenty full food bank garden

    Our young garden in the church’s front yard provided 200+ pounds of fresh produce to area food banks in 2018.  Periodic work parties and weeding/harvesting volunteers get the job done.  Contact Laurie Edwards for more information.

     

  • snack bags for homeless youth

    Once a quarter we pack snack bags after worship for homeless youth, distributed by Friends of Youth. In many cases, these nutritious “snacks” constitute a youth’s entire food supply for a day.  To find out more about donation needs or the next bag packing party contact Darlene Pollard.

     

  • bellevue interfaith CROP Hunger Walk

    Each fall we join with other faith communities (Muslim, Jewish and Christian )in Redmond and Bellevue to raise funds to help fight hunger, both locally and globally, through an educational event and march.  We typically raise aroudn $9000 for both global and local hunger fighting organizations. Laurie Edwards has more information!

     

  • Bellevue farmers market children's activities

    Five times each summer we have the honor of providing farmers market children's activities that teach sustainability, nutrition, creation care and food curiosity.  We often have crafts, games, taste testing and trivia questions all focused on a theme such as dairy products, ladybugs or bees, unusual foods, recycling,, etc.  

  • emergency feeding program

    A loose change offering on the third Sunday of each month provides $1500+ of loose change each year goes to help provide 15 kinds of food bags (Asian, Latino, vegetarian, diabetic, etc.) to 50,000 people annually!  This program is run by Seattle and King County governments.  For more information check here.

     

  • kiva microloans

    Twice a year the congregation chooses three new projects to support through microloans.  Priorities are for those in rural exclusion areas where it is difficult to secure loans and are sustainable/organic projects related to agriculture and food production.  For more information:  kiva.org.

     

  • neighbors fund

    Through generous donations at Christmas and Easter we provide immediate assistance to families in need of groceries, rent, gas, utilities and food.  See Aya Sato for more information and the initial paperwork.