Food 2 Kids Food Drive Planned

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Nov 152021

A Food Drive will take place at the High Plains Community Center on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1-3 p.m. to benefit FOOD 2 Kids, a program operated by the Orange Parks and Recreation Department.

The organization collects single-serve packaged foods that require no preparation or water-only preparation, and distributes nutritious snacks and simple meal choices to children living with food insecurity.

Extra Help

A group of faith communities in the town of Orange have come together to form a collaborative dedicated to improving the lives of people in Orange and the Greater New Haven Area. Calling itself the Congregations of Orange Collaborative (COC), the organization consists of congregations that represent a diversity of faith traditions. The current membership includes: 

Church of the Good Shepard Episcopal Church, Congregation Or Shalom , Orange Congregational Church, St Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, Temple Emanuel, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, and St Joseph of Arimathea American National Catholic Church.

The collaborative has reached out to other faith communities and welcomes all that wish to participate.

One of the group’s organizers, Nancy Kline of Congregation Or Shalom, said, “All faith communities have the desire to put their faith in action and do so through many wonderful initiatives. We thought it would be so much more effective to unite our communities and use that common desire to create a more powerful group with more people, skills, and resources that could do so much more for those in need than individual congregations could do on their own.” 

The COC mission statement is “Together Helping Others.” Its vision statement sums up the purpose of the collaborative:

‘We are an interfaith committee grounded in the spirit of repairing the world by encouraging our participating congregations in social action projects. We are committed to: 

• improving the quality of life of people in need 

• strengthening relationships with our fellow congregations 

• creating opportunities for our congregations to work together on mutual community service projects.”

The first activity of the COC is the previously mentioned food drive to benefit Orange FOOD 2 KIDS. The December 5 event will be a contact-free “pop-the-trunk” collection at the High Plains Community Center from 1 to 3 pm.

For further information about the Congregations of Orange Collaborative and the food drive, contact:

Nancy Kline at nancykline@gmail.com or 203-915-7799.

Drive Thru Food Drive A Huge Success

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May 302020

Orange Police Detective Carolyn Bailey, Youth Services Coordinator Jessica Simone, Community Services Director Joan Cretella, and Orange Food2Kids coordinator Susan vonRabenstein stood outside the High Plains Community Center on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. collecting food for Orange Food 2 Kids, and the Orange Food Bank.
Food 2 Kids is a nonprofit that was created to deliver bags of food to children in need on the weekends. However, with the coronavirus, the need has become full-time.
The OPD is asking for individually packaged foods and snacks. Meals that can be prepared with no or water only. Any other donations that are received will be donated to the Orange Food Bank.

Simone, vonRabenstein, and Officer Bailey show off the day’s Food2Kids donations

By the end of the four-hour collection period, the front room of the center that used to house the Probate Office was filled with bags of food for distribution.

“This is just from TODAY! A million thank yous from Orange Food2Kids and the Orange Food Bank! This community is so very generous.” vonRabenstein wrote on the Food2Kids Facebook page. “Thank you to OPD Det. Carolyn Bailey for putting this together and getting the word out!