Thanksgiving Community Food Ministry

Each Thanksgiving, we join with other local churches and organizations to provide over 1,000 boxes of food to families in our community and city. COVID 19 continues to to challenge us, and our community still needs food and support. This year we plan to provide 1,050 food boxes this Thanksgiving.

Read below to learn how you can join us as we help make Thanksgiving meaningful for families in our community during these unusual and difficult times.

Committed Adopt-A-Box Donations


We need 200 “Adopt-a-Box” donations—an entire box filled with the needed food items. Adopt-a-Box donations can be dropped off at the church before or after any weekend worship service or weekdays from 6:30am-6pm, through Thursday, November 18. As you enter the building, place boxes on the cart across from the Family Life Center (by the Orchard Street entrance).

ADOPT-A-BOX Shopping List:

  • 1 can of soup
  • 1 can of green beans,
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 additional canned vegetable
  • 2 cans of fruit
  • 1 can of yams
  • 1 can/jar of applesauce
  • 1 can of cranberry sauce
  • 1 box of stuffing
  • 2 cans of tuna or PB/jelly
  • 1 box of spaghetti
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce,
  • 1 box of mac and cheese
  • 1 pancake mix or cereal
  • 1 box of potatoes
  • 1 box of jello
  • 1 dessert


Thursday, November 18 at 9:30am  – come to the Family Life Center and help us pack over 800 Thanksgiving boxes, starting at 9:30am until all boxes are packed.   Please wear a mask!

Financial Donations - Turkeys


A frozen turkey is included in every food box. You can make a financial donation to Pearce Church to help us purchase those turkeys. This year we need to raise $14,000. Place a check in the offering box as you leave a worship service or drop a check in the mail or our outdoor dropbox (just outside the café entrance). Make checks out to Pearce Church with “Thanksgiving Food Ministry” on the memo line. You can also give online: click the “Pearce Church Online Giving” link on the Giving page of our website and choose “Thanksgiving Food Baskets” from the “Fund” drop-down menu.


We appreciate your prayers! Pray for food and financial donations to meet or exceed our goal of 1,050 food boxes. Pray for those who are giving of their time and resources to make this ministry happen. Pray for those who will receive the food boxes, that through this simple act of kindness, they would know how much God loves them and cares for them.


Bring empty boxes to Pearce  – a copy paper box is the ideal size and can be used for Adopt-a-Box donations.

A single mom of two had recently moved to the Rochester area. She was expecting a check in the mail to get them through their first month here. As time went by, their food ran out and the check still hadn't come. She prayed to God for help. She didn't know it, but someone had put her name on our list to receive a Thanksgiving box. When that box was delivered, she began sobbing and praising God for answering her prayers. She now had enough food to feed her family for at least one week!

A disabled man was sitting in a chair in his apartment. Aside from his chair and a mattress on the floor, the apartment was empty. When the box of food was delivered, he was very appreciative. He knew that his wife would be grateful, too, but she was out working at the time. Her job was to collect cans every day and turn them into the store. That simple box of food met a real need.

One woman received a box because someone had submitted her name. When the box was delivered, she began crying. She actually had food, but her husband had passed away the month before and this was such a beautiful act of kindness. She knew others cared about her, and she would not forget that.

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