The Food Pantry is supported by member donations, Evansville Area Council of Churches, and the Tri State Food Bank. The staff are all volunteers who believe in the ministry of reaching out to others. We supply food to the people in the city who come to us through Outreach Ministries (link: http://www.outreachministriesevv.org/), local township offices, and Vanderburgh County Division of Family Resources (link:http://www.in.gov/fssa/2407.htm) using a voucher referral system.
The Rack Shack is a United Methodist Women’s project that provides used clothing and household items for a small donation. It is located directly across from the Food Pantry. The Rack Shack is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.. The entrance to both is located on Franklin Street.
Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment (C.AJ.E.)
Central Church is a charter member of Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment. Formed in 2003, CAJE (pronounced “cage”) is a congregational-based community organization that works on local issues where systemic solutions are needed to meet problems. Like many churches, Central does much charity to help meet individual needs. Often meeting these individual needs only act as temporary solutions. Some issues require broader, community-wide changes to make lasting improvements to help reduce individual needs or empower the individuals to meet their own needs. CAJE is composed of diverse religious congregations in the Evansville area who collectively select one or two critical issues at a time, research possible solutions, work strategically with public officials who have the power to act on the issues, and ask officials to make specific public commitments on the issue. This is based on the biblical calling to be just and on the democratic model of citizens’ participation. For more information contact Linda Henzman (867-0453) or Bill Seymour (437-3907), co-leaders of Central’s CAJE Team.
Loaves and Fishes
The Loaves and Fishes Fund of Central UMC is a way we help people with basic physical needs. This fund is used toward utility or rent bills of persons whose circumstances make their own full payment impossible. Persons seeking such assistance are first referred to Outreach Ministries, which assesses the need. They assist not only with record-keeping, but also have knowledge of additional community resources, along with their own funds to help, at times as well. We try to use our limited funds to help the most people and the people who live closest to the church, so we follow certain assistance limits and service boundaries. Call Lisa Miner at the church with questions or requests.