Gettysburg’s Cub Scout Pack 79 just finished a Food Drive to benefit the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. The Scouts placed door knob announcements on their neighbors’ doors and then went back the following week to pick up the donations. The boys gathered last week to count the canned goods and non-perishable foods they collected. The grand total was 510 items. The Pack leaders delivered the collected food items to the Soup Kitchen.
November 12th, the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen’s acting Board Chair, Donna Mountfort and our Community Outreach Liaison, Kathleen Redding staffed a table at the Adams County Community Foundation’s “Giving Spree” fundraiser. The event was hosted in the Ballroom of the Gettysburg Hotel. Fifty Adams County non-profit organizations were represented. Each had an area to showcase their organization and to answer donors’ questions. After donors made contributions to their chosen organizations, cards were sent to the gift recipients of their choice.
At last count, the Foundation’s “Giving Spree” collected a total $113,105 for the fifty non-profits organizations. A portion of this total will be matched by an anonymous donor. The Soup Kitchen will get a portion of the matching funds. Please check back to find out what our total gain will be from this wonderful Community Foundation fundraiser.
This holiday season, two local fitness facilities, CrossFit Gettysburg and CrossFit Hanover, are going to compete to see which gym can accumulate the greatest number of canned goods for their towns’ local Soup Kitchens. Their goal is to bring in more than 1000 lbs. of items to be donated.
“When I suggested having a canned food drive competition to CrossFit Hanover owner Dan Sell, his eyes lit up”, said Kathleen Redding, Outreach Liaison for the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. “I got an immediate sense of enthusiasm from Dan, and knew this was a great project to benefit the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen prepare for its upcoming holiday season.”
The rules of the contest are simple. Each gym will accumulate as many “canned goods” and other non-perishables as possible during the week of December 1. To help accumulate the greatest amount of items, CrossFit Gettysburg will be recommending its members stockpile canned goods to donate after the start of their upcoming Nutrition Challenge at the gym. “This is perfect timing for us. Our upcoming nutrition challenge will motivate our members to clean out their cabinets and dig deep to find items to donate”, said Chris Kimple, CrossFit Gettysburg’s Head Coach. Kimple also plans to create a few offers on their Facebook page, Facebook.com/cfgettysburg, to encourage non-members to bring canned goods in.
CrossFit is a workout program designed to test and advance human capability, both mentally and physically. As a result, members of licensed CrossFit affiliates are usually fairly competitive. Competition sometimes goes outside of the realm of the Workout of the Day (WOD, for short), and sister affiliates CrossFit Gettysburg and CrossFit Hanover have decided to use their competiveness to help others in the area through the holidays this year.
CrossFit Gettysburg, a division of Gettysburg Strength & Conditioning, LLC, has been open since June 2013 and is located one block outside the square in downtown Gettysburg at 105 South Washington Street. Co-Owner and Coach Dan Sell can be reached at 717-451-5120 or via email at email@example.com . Head Coach Chris Kimple can be reached at 717-253-5315 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Book Warehouse of Gettysburg is sponsoring a Food Drive through the month of October ending Halloween night to benefit the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. Individuals who bring four or less non-perishable items to the store for the food drive will receive 5% off their total purchase for that day; five to ten items 10% off and over ten items will receive 15% off their total purchase for that day. The Book Warehouse has also set aside books with a food theme that can be purchased at a discount price to be donated to the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen for the children of the Kitchen’s guests.
The Book Warehouse of Gettysburg is located in the Gettysburg Outlets, 1863 Gettysburg Village Drive, Suite 920, Gettysburg. For more information about the Food Drive you may contact PeggySue Jenkins, the store manager at 717-334-2839.
In 2013, Brandon Glorioso and James Greeneltch, both members of the band Shadowed Star, created LiveHappyNotHungry, a fundraiser and series of benefit concerts to raise funds and collect non-perishable food for the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen at the Gettysburg Fireman’s Carnival. Brandon and James and their families, spent weeks going door to door, business to business, soliciting over $1,000 in donations and collecting hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food for the Soup Kitchen. The event was SO successful, they are holding it again at this year’s Gettysburg Fireman’s Carnival, June 24-27th, 2014 at the Rec Park Band Shell. All the bands and musicians performing are donating their time and talents to support the operations of the Soup Kitchen.
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The Soup Kitchen serves a nutritious mid-day meal, seven days a week, year round. In 2013, an amazing corps of volunteers prepared and served 14,395 meals – an increase of 2,450 over the total for 2012. It would be impossible to meet this increasing need without the help of many generous partners. Whatever donation you can make is much needed and will be put to excellent use. Please join us! Come out and hear some great live music, enjoy all the food and fun at the Carnival, and help us eliminate hunger in the Gettysburg community!
If you would like to support the Soup Kitchen but are unable to attend this event, you can mail a check to :Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 3005, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Please indicate that you donation is part of the LiveHappyNotHungry 2014 fundraiser. Thank you again!
Vida Charter School is a free, public, dual immersion (Spanish- English) elementary school with a holistic approach to education for K-6 grades. For more information about Vida, visit them on Facebook or on their webpage.
What is Vida’s Walk for Wellness?
• The whole school will go for a 2-mile walk on the morning of Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
• Students will find sponsors to make donations toward the walk.
What will be done with the money raised by the Walk for Wellness?
• 50% will be given to the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen
• 50% will support Vida Charter School wellness initiatives.
Vida Charter School
120 East Broadway
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Thank you for your support of Vida’s children and
the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen!
When: Saturday February 1st 11:00 am till 3:00 pm
Where: Sharpshooters Grille and the Inn at Herr Ridge, 900 Chambersburg Road, Gettysburg, PA
Details: Pay a donation at the door of $10 and receive a ballot card of participating restaurants. Stroll through the Inn and Sharpshooters and sample / rate each contestants creation. Your vote counts!
Featuring live music, ice carving, and beer tastings.
Participating restaurants so far: Blue Parrot, C and D Bar and Grille, Taverna, Scooters, Butchers Block, Gettysburg Eddie’s, Batttlefield Brew works, Appalachian Brewing Company, Dunlap’s Restaurant , The Busy Bee (York), Scozzaro’s Old Mill Inn, The Inn at Herr Ridge, Sharpshooters, and more to follow.
For more information, please call Sharpshooters Grille at 717-334-4598.
The scouts of Cub Scout Troop 79, New Birth of Freedom council, Battlefield District, recently conducted a food drive to benefit the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. They delivered the impressive results of their hard work to the Soup Kitchen on Saturday, November 16th. Congratulations, scouts!
For information about ways that your group can help out the Soup Kitchen, please contact Carla E. Pavlick at email@example.com
We are fortunate indeed to have great friends at Reid’s Orchard and Winery. They’ve chosen the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen to be one of five area charities that will benefit from the first annual “Lights of Love” Charity Drive this holiday season.
Starting things off will be the “Lights of Love Festival” 11/30 – 12/1 at the Home Winery, noon – 5 pm each day: Music, food, vendors, Yulelog lighting and wine tasting, of course! Santa will be here with gifts for all ages!
Lights of Love Charity Concerts will include:
Nov 30th- 1-4PM Keil Holland
Dec 1st- 2-5PM Kirk Wise
The “Lights of Love Christmas Charity Drive” will be held from 11/30 – 12/22. Vote for the Soup Kitchen with your $1 bill. The non-profit with the most votes on 12/22 will receive a check from Reid’s for 10% of Wine Sales at the Home Winery 11/30 – 12/22!
If you can’t make it to the Home Winery but would like to help, donations are also being accepted by mail and will count towards the number of votes for the Soup Kitchen. Please make checks payable to “Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen” and send to: Reid’s Orchard & Winery 2135 Buchanan Valley Road Orrtanna, PA 17353
People ask what can a dollar do to make a difference in this world. Every dollar vote received will go to the Soup Kitchen ‘and’ help make us the winner of the “Lights of Love” Charity Drive.
Thank you and best of luck to all of the wonderful organizations that Reid’s has chosen for 2013.
Jan Guillory, Director of the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen, and I often receive inquiries from people asking about available volunteer opportunities at the Soup Kitchen. One of the most useful and important ways that you can get involved is to organize a food drive to collect non-perishable products for the Soup Kitchen pantry. These items are made available to our fantastic volunteer cooks who provide all meals served at the Soup Kitchen . Items from the Soup Kitchen pantry are also made available to guests who need basic food stuffs for their home pantries. How difficult is it to organize a food drive? Not difficult at all! Once people learn you are collecting food for the Soup Kitchen, they are more than happy to participate because they understand that we provide a vital service to the Gettysburg community and also because there exists in most people a deep desire to help and be of service.
How to organize a food drive:
- Get other groups to take part. Are you on the soccer team? Get them on board! Are you a member of a book group? Pull them in too. Getting friends, teammates and co-workers involved helps spread the word about your food drive and encourages others to become involved in community service.
- Students, ask your principal if you can hold a food drive at your school and create a competition to see which grade can collect the most food.
- Use an upcoming event: Holiday party? Big basketball game? Concert or performance? Have the price of admission be non-perishable food items for the Soup Kitchen. After the event/game, deliver donations together.
These are just a few suggestions to consider – we encourage you to be creative! If you are interested in organizing a food drive, please email me, Carla E Pavlick, Community Outreach Liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org I can provide you with flyers to publicize your food drive and ideas about how to organize and promote your food drive. I am also be available to come and talk with your group about the Soup Kitchen at a meeting, class, or practice. While ALL donations are very much appreciated, the items on our Wish List page are especially welcome.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Carla E Pavlick
Community Outreach Liaison
Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen