This summer I tried an experiment. The church I attend responded to the LNP article this summer about the need for additional food in our Food Hub. By June of this year we had given away as much food as all of 2015.
The church set up a table in the foyer of the church, put announcements in the newsletter and bulletin, and provided a “most needed” list of food items. My experiment was to add a large poster of our buying power at Central Penn Food Bank, and a cookie jar.
Here’s the deal: if you buy $10 worth of groceries and donate them to our food bank, we will give out $10 worth of food to our clients. But if you give us the $10 in cash, we can leverage those dollars to buy exponentially more food to give away--about 50 pounds or more.
As I made announcements about the food drive at church, I also confessed that I would gladly pay $10 in cash not to have to go grocery shopping for a food drive. I know the value of a family taking their kids to buy food for the food drive, explaining why some people in our community don’t have enough to eat. And, don’t get me wrong, we truly value what the Boy Scouts, fire companies, and many local churches do when they collect food for us. But sometimes it’s just easier and more cost effective for us do the shopping.
So, our church collected 60 pounds of food and $2,425 in the Cookie Jar! Two other churches and a local mission agency also caught the cookie jar vision in October, for a grand total of $5,315. That translates into thirteen and half tons of food! And that’s the amazing Cookie Jar Effect. Visit http://www.lcchurches.org/