Our Summer Mission 2018 
The Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative’s
Kids’ Summer Café

Many children in our local communities will be facing hunger this summer.  Kids receiving free/reduced meals during the school year often suffer malnutrition and do not have enough food during the summertime, seriously impacting their physical and mental health.  When school gets out there is a sudden increased need for food in households already experiencing poverty,

creating a hunger crisis in the summer for families in our area. The Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative Kids’ Summer Café program combats hunger by providing children with a healthy lunch when school is not in session. 

Free-bagged lunches are distributed three times a week at four local playgrounds in Attleboro.

The good news is - Y O U can help!  Simply add an item or two from the list below to your weekly shopping list and drop off the items here at the church - now through mid-August.


Ranch Dressing          Asstd individual bags of Chips, Doritos, Pretzels, etc.          Granola Bars          Peanut Butter/Jams/Jellies   

 Individual Pudding Cups(non refrigerated)             Fruit Cups, Applesauce cups (including no sugar added)       
Individual Packets of Cookies, Rice Krispie Treats, Li’l Debbie Snacks, etc.
Gluten Free Snacks and Chips (there are several gluten intolerant children in this program).
Paper Towels      Napkins      Plastic Spoons     Snack sz re-closable baggies      Sandwich sz re-closable baggies

GIFT CARDS to Stop-n-Shop, Shaw’s or Market Basket in any amount.  *Please give these directly to Rev. Carole, Pam Tarallo, a Mission Committee member or bring to the Church Office during Office Hours:  T & TH 8:30am - 4:30pm*

Please look for the Donation bin in the vestry or bring your donations to the church office during office hours.

Our Mission Committee thanks you for feeding the children in our community this summer.

What is the Pull-Tab Program?
The pull-tab program at Aleppo Shrine in Wilmington, MA was founded several years ago as an easy way for the public to help raise funds to support the humanitarian and life-saving services the Shriners Hospitals provide. Many different organizations all over the Eastern Massachusetts collect pull tabs from cans and bring them to the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington. From there, they are redeemed at a recycling center, and the proceeds go to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Transportation Fund.

What is the Children’s Transportation Fund?
he Children's Transportation Fund exists in order to provide transportation to Shriners Hospitals for needy children and their parents, free of charge. The Fund pays for transportation to Shriners Hospitals by bus, train and air. The Fund also provides for MedFlight transportation when a child's life hangs in the balance. A parent never sees a single bill for one of these flights, which can cost thousands of dollars. That amount, however, is small when compared to the life of a child who was saved thanks to the Transportation Fund.

Shriner’s Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 pediatric hospitals in the U.S.(one in Springfield, MA and Boston, MA), Canada and Mexico providing specialized care for orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. All services are provided at no charge. Eligibility for care is not based on financial need, race, religion or relationship to a Shriner, children up to the age of 18 are eligible for help at the Shriners Hospitals. In 2006, Shriners Hospitals approved 38,984 new patient applications, attended to the needs of 128,578 patients and provided the following:

To date more than 835,000 children have been helped at the 22 Shriners Hospitals. The operating budget for 2007 was $721 million, of which $655  million is targeted for operating expenses and $66 million for buildings and equipment.

The Pull-Tab Collection Program is a somewhat “silent” mission we began participating in many years ago and was brought to our church by Carolyn Clark, longtime church and Mission Committee member. 

It’s very easy to lend a hand of support to this mission.  Simply save the pull-tabs from your sodas and bring them to church.  There are large jars in the Vestry and in the CE office hallway to deposit the pull-tabs.  It’s really that easy!  A member from our Mission Committee will see that the tabs are turned in to the Shriner’s on a regular basis.

Thank you for your participation!

A​ Mission which we support all year,

especially in the Summer months,

is to collect non-perishable foods for Lenore’s Pantry. 

Many seniors supplement their fixed incomes by coming to the pantry for food assistance.  When donations are low, everyone gets less and sometimes the pantry shelves are bare.  We can make a difference in the lives of people who live among us by simply picking up one food item and dropping it off at church on Sundays or bring it to the church office during office hours.  Thank you for your continued generosity. 
Here are some suggested items...

  • BREAKFAST   Cold Cereals, Pop Tarts, Cereal Bars, Carnation Instant Breakfast, Muffin mixes, Non-Refrigerated juices including V8, and Juice Boxes, Parmalat Milk (in canned milk aisle).                                
  • LUNCH   Canned tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter, jams/jellies, Fluff,  Spaghetti-O’s, ravioli, canned fruit, individual fruit cups (non-refrigerated), applesauce (large jars and individual cups).                                           
  • DINNERS   Mac-n-Cheese, Hamburger Helper, Velveeta Skillet Dinners, rice and rice mixes like pilaf, instant potatoes such as scalloped, cheesy, mashed, etc., baked beans, pasta and sauce, Sloppy Joe Mix, pasta mixes(Pasta-Roni, etc.) and pasta salad mixes, (Suddenly Salad, etc).                 
  • SNACKS   Little Debbie Snack Cakes, granola bars, cookies, pretzels, chips, brownie mixes, cookie mixes in a pouch, pudding mixes and non-refrigerated cups, Jello, crackers such as Goldfish and Cheeze-It’s, Graham, and other snack crackers.                       
  • MISC   Mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, salad dressings, relish, pickles, non-refrigerated 100% juices, drink mixes such as Kool-Aid, lemonade, ice tea, etc.,  coffee, instant creamers, Gift Cards for $5-$10 to Stop-n-Shop, Market Basket or Shaw’s.​

You may bring your donations to church any Sunday, or bring them to the church office during office hours - T & TH 8:30am - 4:30pm

Together, we make a difference. 

Thank you for being part of the solution to hunger in our community.