Phoenix Rising Meal Program: Delivery 4th Fridays of each month, with meal preparation the Thursday before
Phoenix Rising is an offshoot of the Route One Shalom Cooperative food ministry program.
Franconia’s Phoenix Rising team is responsible for meal packaging and delivery for the 4th Friday of each month, so on the Thursday before the 4th Friday at 6:30 PM, Franconia volunteers meet in our social hall and large kitchen to make 200 sandwiches and put together the meal items for delivery. All ages can help in this ministry; the jobs vary (prepare sandwiches, assemble the bag lunches, write personal messages of encouragement and faith to place in the bags, and assist in delivery – with adult partners). Adults and youth volunteers are needed for meal preparation and delivery teams.
For those who would like to otherwise support the FUMC Phoenix Rising food ministry, donations are welcome: Bibles and related literature, and food items, such as peanut butter, preserves, jelly, fresh white bread, and single-serving pre-packed items, such as cookies, applesauce, fruit cup, pudding, granola bars, juice boxes, chips, chocolate, boxed meat-salad meal (tuna, chicken, ham), and utensil kit (knife, fork, spoon, napkin); and, financial donations are always welcome, as we shop for meal items needed.
Every Friday night at 6 PM, assigned teams from local churches and organizations set out with sandwiches and pre-packed food items, making several stops along the Route One corridor from the beltway to the Fairfax County Parkway, south of Ft. Belvoir, Alexandria. The nutritious, bagged meals are delivered to those who are homeless and living in tents, vehicles, and in motels. These meals provide nourishment to those who may not otherwise have something to eat that weekend, filling their stomachs and touching their hearts, as well as nourish those of us doing the serving. Please note that this is a safe environment and scout troops and other elementary-aged and older children are welcome to come along for the distribution.