Ministries to feed those who are hungry
"I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.’" - Matthew 25:35-36
Elaine Kadane Food Pantry
The Elaine Kadane Food Pantry began in January of 1992 and named in honor of the woman who inspired the congregation to take action and establish the pantry for those families in need.
The Food Pantry at Ascension provides bagged goods to needy families every first and third Tuesday of the month from 9:30-11:00am. Approximately 50-75 bags are distributed every month. All monies that support the food pantry are raised from individuals, grants or corporations.
Assist with picking up food from the NTFB hub Sharing Life Ministries.
Assist with stocking shelves.
Provide added support for filling bags during the holidays.
Serve coffee and donuts to recipients.
Help staff food tables and assist clients with food selection.
Help to coordinate semi-annual drives for personal hygiene items, toiletries.
Minimal training required to get involved. Contact the leaders in charge for more information.
Leaders In Charge:
Rev. Dr. Marci Pounders, Hope Harbeck, John and Beth Dexter, Diane Hooper
Fresh Food Day
Ascension partners with many other service organizations to provide this event each fall. Fresh Food Day is held in a shopping center lot on Whitehurst Road with hopes to connect with families in the neighborhood. A variety of activities and offerings all focus on healthy eating and lifestyle. Fresh fruit and other give aways help draw many to the event. In 2018, over 350 adults and children attended the event!
Assist with event planning and set-up
Assist with volunteer and guest registration
Participate as a "welcome host" for the nonprofit or organization providing an activity
Assist with gathering food and supplies for the day
Leaders In Charge:
Rev. Dr. Marci Pounders, Diana Baker
Harvest of Hope community garden
Our community garden offers space for members and non-members alike to grow fresh food. There is a nominal fee to help cover costs and gardeners commit to sharing a portion of their harvest with our Food Pantry.
Help plant or harvest in the garden. There is a fee to have your own bed, but there are communal beds and general needs for care. See below for an application and agreement.
Join members of Ascension and the community during scheduled garden work days.
Serve as a leader on the Harvest of Hope Garden Committee.
Leader in Charge:
Diane Haack, Dustin Mitchell-Scott
austin Street Center partnership
Austin Street Center is a mainstay in Dallas. We share in the work, along with many other area churches. Ascension provides a meal and servers four times a year (February, May, August and November).
Cook one or more family size lasagnas
Transport the lasagnas and help serve dinner at Austin Street Shelter
Purchase other needed food items such as fruit and bread
Leaders in Charge:
Brian Kasper, Martha Wach