Northside Mission Ministry
Sign up to help at the food pantry
As Christians, we welcome all to the table. Yet, we know that some of our friends and neighbors may be facing food insecurity as they try to provide for their families. We invite you to explore the many ways Second is addressing the issue of hunger in our neighborhood, city, and world.
Northside Food Pantry is open to Washington Township residents on the following days:
- Tuesdays, 12:30-3 p.m.
- Wednesdays, 4-6:30 p.m.
- Saturdays, 10 a.m.-Noon
We are open for inside shopping. Clients receive a number in the the order they arrive, and five clients at a time will be invited to shop in the pantry. Masks are required during a pantry shift for volunteers and clients.
Northside Ministry cares for the underserved and those experiencing hardship in Washington Township by building relationships to develop food security, to work toward economic stability, and to participate fully in the life of the community.
Check out this profile of Northside Mission Ministries in Responsive Congregations, a publication of the Project on Religion and Urban Culture 2.0, a joint initiative of the Polis Center and IU School of Liberal Arts. You'll see how the Holy Spirit has moved within our congregation to shape this vital ministry "To create transformational change in the place that Second Church has called home for nearly two centuries, among people who—members or not—belong to its community."
Northside Food Pantry
Located on the northeast corner of the church, the food pantry is a tangible witness to our church in action.
If you are able to help at the pantry, please sign up online. We are limited to 12 volunteers per shift, so we are managing our volunteers closely with SignUpGenius. In addition to food pantry hours, volunteers are needed to unload deliveries and stock shelves.
Northside Food Pantry sources most of its food through Gleaners. If you would like to help keep the pantry shelves stocked, you can donate online and select "Northside Food Pantry" in the drop-down menu.
Pantry Volunteer Opportunities
We encourage you to consider all volunteer opportunities described below and then sign up online.
Client Intake - You will work inside and out greeting clients, giving them intake boards, and helping them complete intake information when necessary.
Client Liaison - This job involves assisting clients during their shopping experience inside. Plan to be on your feet 3-4 hours. You will receive on the job training during your first shift.
Data Entry - This job requires special training and is a sit-down job. It involves the use of a computer and the ability to multi-task.
Car Loader - You will be working outside helping clients load their vehicles. You may also help with traffic control.
Food Delivery Processing - This job involves unpacking, sorting and storing food from our various vendors. Food delivery takes place when the pantry is closed to the public. This is a behind-the-scenes job with no food pantry client interaction. You will receive on-the-job training.
The three-quarter acre plot south of the church provides fresh vegetables to the Northside Food Pantry. Dedicated volunteers tend the garden, which is not only productive, but also beautiful, featuring flower beds, a seating area, and a prayer garden.
Greenbriar Elementary School
Northside works collaboratively with Women@Second and other friends of Greenbriar to provide volunteer support for classrooms and school events, snacks for after-school tutoring, teacher appreciation events, and the donation of school supplies and other specially requested items.
Greenbriar students need school supplies throughout the year. Download the supply list and bring donations to Second in a bag marked “Greenbriar.”
Utility and Rent Assistance
The Utility and Rent Assistance Program (URAP) partners with the Fay Bicard Glick Community Center and the Washington Township Trustee Office to offer emergency financial intervention. In these “gap” situations, a little assistance goes a long way, often preventing a family from losing their housing or having their power shut off. Our partners provide vital case management with URAP families to ensure long term stability.
Help our garden grow!
Volunteer hours are:
- Saturday, 9 a.m. to Noon
- Tuesday, 9 a.m. to Noon
- Wednesday, 1-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
Let's grow together! Volunteers are welcome to come help plant, weed, and care for our garden.
Volunteer hours are:
- Saturday, 9 a.m. to Noon
- Tuesday, 9 a.m. to Noon
- Wednesday, 1-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
No experience required! The garden team will be on hand to coach volunteers in a variety of tasks including picking beans, cleaning produce, bundling food, assembling soup kits, and more. Some jobs (but not all) require bending over or getting down on the ground.
Last year the garden team harvested two tons of produce! This fresh food goes on the shelves of the Northside Food Pantry, where it is distributed to local families.
If you would like to help in the garden, please contact Jeff Reese at (317) 407-5757 or ReeseJS19@gmail.com and ask to receive email "Garden Updates."
Northside Mission Ministry
We are celebrating an expansion of Northside Food Pantry services. Every Friday we deliver groceries to home-bound Washington Township neighbors through a partnership with Gleaners.
If you are interested in being a driver, please visit our SignUpGenius and select the "Delivery Driver" tab.
Feeding daily lunch to more than 4,300 schoolchildren in western Kenya
Each fall, Umoja Partnership has a Food for Thought Campaign to fund its school lunch program in 20 primary schools. More than 4,300 children receive a nourishing lunch, consisting primarily of maize and beans and cooked and served by guardians and other community members.
- We work in the rural areas of the district of Kisumu in western Kenya, where the average family lives on less than a dollar a day. The population is dominated by young people (39% are age 15 or younger).
- 30.5% of these young people lack a parent at home. Due to the loss of one or both parents, a large proportion of children in our community are not living with their biological parents.
- Often, these families do not have enough money to provide food for their families, and schools in Kenya do not provide lunch. Young children frequently skip school to search for small jobs to buy food.
- Our School Lunch Program ensures that 4,371 students in 20 primary schools receive at least one nutritious meal every day. We also provide weekend and evening food to 150 households in which children live alone without any adult present.
- It costs just 14 cents to feed one student per day! A gift of $50 nourishes the mind and body of 333 students for a day.
- Established in 2007, we are a partnership of many faiths, from different cultures, on two different continents, united in our service to change lives by keeping children in school.
For more than ten years, members of Second have joined with other faith groups in Indianapolis to support the work of the Umoja Partnership in western Kenya. The Kenyan staff provides food, shelter, empowerment programs, and education fees for orphaned and vulnerable children.
Umoja is a partnership of many faiths, from different cultures, on two continents, united in service to change lives by keeping children in school. Umoja means “unity” in Kiswahili. Learn more about Umoja Partnership.
Second is a founding member of Umoja Partnership, an interfaith organization dedicated to transforming communities one child at a time. You can learn more at UmojaPartnership.org.
Souper Bowl of Caring
Join our team in February!
Learn how you can donate today to help feed our neighbors!
On February 12, more than 100 million Americans will watch the Super Bowl, while 50 million people in this country are food insecure. In fact, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment and food insecurity soared, and more people are turning to food banks and programs to help provide basic nourishment. In Marion County alone, almost 25% of all residents are currently food insecure.
The "Souper Bowl of Caring” began with a Presbyterian minister in Columbia, SC, who prayed with his youth group: “Lord, even as we watch the big game, help us be mindful of people who don’t have enough to eat.” We continue with the Souper Bowl of Caring every February here at Second and we are proud to support our Northside Food Pantry through this event.
- We will be collecting canned and dry goods, as well as other necessities for our Food Pantry starting Monday, January 30 and running through Sunday, February 12. Download a list of suggested items to donate.
- We are also accepting financial donations from now through February 12 that will be used to purchase food and supplies for the pantry. Donations can be made several ways:
- Online at SecondChurch.org/Give (select drop-down box: Souper Bowl of Caring)
- Via the tithe.ly app (select drop-down box: Souper Bowl of Caring)
- Text to give: (833) 818-3036 (include your gift amount + Souper Bowl)
- In person after worship services on February 5 and 12
Did you know that an average of 2,140 people receive food from our Northside Food Pantry every month? Northside Food pantry is open three days a week and provides nutritious food to neighbors in and around Washington Township. Monetary donations help support the purchase of healthy food, such as milk, eggs and produce. Demand for Northside Food Pantry has grown over the past few years, up 40% in 2022, so your support is very important to this ministry right now. Your contributions through the Souper Bowl of Caring, as well as all year long, help the Northside Food Pantry to mobilize over 264,000 pounds of donated food and purchase food from Gleaners Food Bank.
Please consider supporting the Souper Bowl of Caring and using this special opportunity to help feed the hungry.
Thank you for your generosity!
Northside Food Pantry
Suggested Items for donating (all should be regular size portions, 15-16 oz., 1 lb.)
Peanut butter- plastic not glass
Jelly- plastic not glass
Pasta- Elbow and Penne
Chicken or Beef Ramen
Dry beans- 1 lb. (black, pinto, lentil, 15 bean soup)
Sloppy Joe (canned)
Beef Stew (canned)
Soup (favorites are chunky chicken noodle, cream of mushroom or chicken, tomato, vegetable)
Canned fruit (mandarin or pineapple are favorites)
Spices and condiments
NON FOOD ITEMS
Shampoo, body wash, deodorant, toothpaste
Join us after worship on Sunday, October 23 to walk around our beautiful grounds while raising awareness and money for hunger relief! Each fall Second members participate in the Greater Indianapolis CROP Hunger Walk, an annual event of Church World Service.
Thank you for helping to address food insecurity in our city and beyond!
Whether we’re writing our representatives in Congress or picking produce from the garden at Second, feeding God’s people is a vital mission. Here are the ways you can help us serve!
Crop Walk 2021
This year's Crop Walk is Sunday, October 3, 2021. Over the years Second members have logged countless miles, raising awareness and money to help neighbors near and far get the meals they need. Join us this fall!
Bread for the World
Speak out to end hunger!
Send your representatives a letter about food security issues.
"Jesus said, 'You give them something to eat.'"
Second member Mary Henehan shares her passion for hunger relief and explains how you can help.
Will you join Bread in speaking up for families struggling right here in Indiana? Each year Second partners with Bread for the World to advocate about food security issues in our country and around the world.
Here's how you can let your voice be heard:
- Write a letter at Second on Sunday, June 13. The Hunger Team will have tables set up following 10 a.m. worship. Stop by to write a letter, and the hunger team will hand deliver our messages to our elected officials. Children's letters and pictures are welcome!
- Send a personal email to your representatives. You can use this simple form to direct a personalized message to your representatives.
- Write letters on your own. You can download this suggested letter format and use this link to find your representatives and their contact information.
Sen. Braun Agrees: Good Nutrition 'Pays Dividend'
Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) told nearly 300 Bread advocates he supports investing in good nutrition as a means to not just end hunger, but to prevent the costly consequences of poor health.
“Investing in education, good nutrition in health… all of that pays dividends; a return on investment of a better life,” Sen. Braun said during the Feeding our Economy webinar hosted April 20 by Bread for the World, Indiana. “Remediation is so much more costly than preventing (poor nutrition) in the first place.”
“At all levels: state, local, private sector and any of the stuff we do at the federal government, you get a good return on your investment by making sure you’ve got good nutrition that prevents all the consequences if you don’t.”
As the ranking member of the Nutrition Subcommittee, the senator said he was keenly interested in proper nutrition for children in Indiana, noting a need to improve their diet and nutrition. The subcommittee anticipates hearings on local farms providing food resources for school lunches.
“Currently the nutrition part of our budget will be renewed at levels that have had a good track record” with attention to making access to existing services like WIC easier, he said.
Watch the full Bread for the World Indiana event here.
Indiana is the 11th hungriest state in the country.
- 1 of every 6 children in Indiana live in poverty.
- 1 in 7 households in Indiana struggle to put food on the table.
- An individual must earn more than $15 per hour in Indiana to provide for a family, yet, the state minimum wage is $7.75.
- In 2017, over 100 million meals were provided by federal programs in Marion County alone. But these federal programs are constantly at risk during budget cuts.
COVID-19 exposed the vulnerability of the U.S. safety net and amplified the inequity that shows that Black, Latino, and Indigenous children have disproportionately higher levels of food insecurity than their white counterparts. Children are more vulnerable than any other group to the damaging impacts of hunger even for short periods.
"Bread for the World is the preeminent voice for the hungry in the halls of Congress."
Mr. Jim Morris, Second member and
former Executive Director, UN World Food Programme
More about the Offering of Letters
Each year Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters to Congress engages churches, campuses, and other faith communities in writing personalized letters to Congress. You can join your voice with others around the country calling for a world without hunger.
People write letters, usually as a group, and present them as an offering to God before mailing them to Congress. Hundreds of Offerings are held each year, resulting in tens of thousands of letters to Congress. Supported with prayer, these letters are a bold witness to God’s justice and mercy. Year after year, they continue to have a significant impact on the decisions made in Congress.
Second's Offering of Letters is one of the tangible ways we live into the Matthew 25 initiative, which calls us "to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor."
Visit Bread for the World’s website (bread.org) to learn more about food insecurity among vulnerable people here and around the world and find out what you can do to help end hunger.