UPDATED: Thank you for a Successful 2023 Thanksgiving Food Drive!

UPDATED: Thank you for a Successful 2023 Thanksgiving Food Drive!

The Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Church and its Pathfinder Club* are committed to serving our community.

Each year, we visit your neighborhood and ask for support in our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Your generosity over the years has fed thousands of families.

The Need for 2023

For more than 20 years, Spencerville Church has, along with substantial support from within the community, come together to support this initiative, benefiting those in need within our local area. We’re blessed to have a group of people willing to work hard (Pathfinders, parents, Connect Groups, and more!) to help us distribute bags, collect and sort food, and package and deliver the assembled food boxes.

The food collection process for the 2023 season continues through Saturday, November 11.

Here’s how you can be involved:

Bring the following canned or boxed food items (no produce, please) with a current use-by date to the church during business hours through Saturday, November 11. Look for the cart in the foyer and leave the food in the cart. You can also make a monetary donation through the AdventistGiving site by selecting the “Thanksgiving Baskets” offering option on the digital envelope.

List of Suggested Donations

  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Canned Vegetables (corn, green beans, carrots, peas)
  • Cereal (Corn Flakes, Cheerios, Frosted Mini-Wheats)
  • Canned Fruit (peaches, pears, apples)
  • Cans of Soup (vegetable, minestrone, chicken noodle)
  • Rice (bags or boxes)
  • Stuffing
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Canned Sweet Potatoes
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Gravy Mixes
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Muffin or Cornbread Mix
  • Packaged Breadcrumbs
  • Pie Crust Mix and Fillings

As you reflect on how God has blessed you over the past year, we invite you to give generously and share it with others!

Our 2023 Results Are In!

Many of you asked for more information about the results of this important effort. We heard you!  Below are several photos and a short overview of our 2023 results.

  • 15+ neighborhoods visited
  • 2,985 bags distributed
  • 464 bags of collected 
  • 16,000+ non-perishable food items sorted
  • 254 large moving boxes filled with sorted and categorized food items
  • 1,000+ volunteer hours
  • Hundreds of families served at Elizabeth’s House (FISH of Laurel) food pantry, which provides both packaged food to share and a hot dinner meal kitchen.

*Pathfinders is a co-ed youth group for kids in grades 5 to 12, similar to the Boy and Girl Scouts but with an added Christian focus. If you want to learn more about Pathfinders, our club director, Sebrena Sawtell, can be reached at pathfinders@spencervillechurch.org.