Georgianna Church has a mission to be a beacon of light for all people. Feeding children at risk of hunger each year at local schools truly puts lightness in the steps of kids on Friday afternoons, knowing that they at least have food to sustain them through the weekend. On behalf of our staff and board of directors at TCHP and especially on behalf of the children we serve, we thank the Georgianna family for their continued support!
Thanks to Pastor Corky who speaks with passion on behalf of TCHP. When he was is able to attend an event, he makes a video on behalf of Georgianna. Chris and Melody and all of the Georgianna volunteers stay the course, to helping feed local children – a wonderful example of the caring and generosity of the faith community. He has also said that if every church adopted one school, local childhood hunger would no longer be an issue.
In 2022, we received an unbelievable gift from Georgianna – that gift currently provides an entire school years’ worth of weekend nutrition for over 300 students. Over the years, Georgianna’s financial support ensured that over 1,200 students received food packages for an entire school year! That is almost 50,000 weekend packages of food!
Before the pandemic, TCHP was serving 2400 children weekly. When the pandemic hit and the schools shut down, we went from 2,400 to almost 6,000 packages weekly almost overnight as we stood alongside BPS on Fridays, handing out our weekend packs to those in need. Georgianna stood alongside us. Chris Rodriguez and her team of volunteers started by packing 600 packages weekly and delivering them to 3 schools (Mims, Oak Park and Cambridge), then increased to 1,000 weekly, distributing to two additional schools, Golfview and Riviera.
During Covid, the congregation packed almost 20,000 packets, and has been behind the scenes ever since. Georgianna is the model to encourage other churches to get involved. Every two weeks we drop off food supplies to Georgianna so that their wonderful volunteers can pack the food packages and then deliver 185 weekend food packages each week to Cambridge Elementary in Cocoa. Georgianna helps us get weekend food into the hands of children that need it.
Over the years, the impact that the Georgianna family has made on our efforts to end childhood hunger in Brevard is staggering. On behalf of the thousands of children that we serve, thank you Georgianna!
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Check Presentation: Georgianna United Methodist, always working hard on behalf of families and children, delivered $6,000 to TCHP!
Rebecca’s Lemonade Stand: Georgianna Church sets the bar high and teaches compassion and responsibility to the very young, who are #kidshelpingkids A lemonade stand by this young lady helps turn lemons into lemonade for hungry children in Brevard. Eight year old Rebecca raised $80 to donate to TheChildren’s Hunger Project, or as she calls it, “the place she packed meals for kids.” We LOVE you Rebecca and your heart for your community!
Georgianna Church’s Pie Auction: This was a fundraiser for them to build a new church in Guatemala and also to fund food for Cambridge and Endeavor Elementary schools. TCHP Executive Director Cheryl Cominsky said, “I had to sit up and take notice when the first pie sold for $2,000! A Beef Tenderloin Shepards Pie sold for $3,000! I was told at the end of the event that we should expect about $20,000 from this event! Georgianna has been one of our biggest and most consistent supporters.
Pastor Corky Calhoun’s speech to other churches in 2013: We are well aware of the problem…the question I have is, what are we going to do about it? To understand our church’s commitment to children and those marginalized by the world, you need to understand that everything we do is anchored in 1st Thessalonians 2:8. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our very lives as well. Sharing the Gospel is not just about talking a good game, it’s about having a dog in the hunt, some skin in the game. At Georgianna, we have partnered with The Children’s Hunger Project at Cambridge Elementary School in Cocoa and Tropical Elementary on Merritt Island.
Because of you, fewer kids in our own back yard are going hungry on weekends! Sometimes you simply have to take the love of God to them…sometimes you gotta go and be Jesus where they are at because somebody has placed roadblocks and hurdles to dispensing HOPE. Jesus said, “It would be better to be thrown into the depth of the sea than to cause one of these little ones of mine to stumble.”
When we ignore hunger and fail to seek the opportunity to speak encouragement and blessing into the lives of these little ones, then we are guilty of being part of the problem and not part of the solution. Not on my watch, not at our church…I want us in the game, I want us sharing our lives, I want us to do for one what I wish we could do for everyone.
This is not optional at our place. Children matter. It’s been said that a hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account says, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child…Children matter…but they will have no one to speak for them if we remain silent.”