Stafford Junction continues to Build a Better Tomorrow for children and families who live in the seven low-income neighborhoods that we serve. Our focus may have changed to respond to this public health crisis, however our mission of serving families in need has not.
Together we can lift families out of poverty through education, empowerment, and healthy living. During the current Covid-19 health crisis, we continue to address the issues of food insecurity, educational learning loss, critical referral services, and virus prevention education in much greater numbers than we could imagine. We deliver Tide Me Over Bags to hungry bellies, educational kits to sheltered preschoolers, and critical PPE and toiletries to keep our children learning and families safe. One thing is certain, families who live in poverty have a higher degree of vulnerability today and Stafford Junction needs everyone’s help to continue to meet this critical need. Many of our families are working parents who live paycheck to paycheck. Jobs are being lost, eviction postponements and utility shut-off deferrals are being lifted, and the Covid-19 virus may be a way of life for months or years to come. We do not yet know the full effect this pandemic will have on the children and families who reside in our seven low-income neighborhoods. We must have everyone’s help, to continue to provide the level of services to our vulnerable children and families who live in poverty.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”.
Your gift will allow us to provide food and emergency services to the children and families that count on Stafford Junction. A monetary donation will give us the greatest flexibility in assisting with this need.
Tide Me Over Bags
A Tide Me Over Bag will feed a family of four. We work in partnership and collaboration with many organizations, businesses, churches, and service clubs, who donate food items for our Tide Me Over Bags. We welcome you to join us by providing donated food items for our kids and families.
Italian Entrée: Box of pasta, pasta or alfredo sauce, 2 cans of chicken or tuna, parmesan cheese, 2 cans of fruit, 2 cans of vegetables, crackers, 8 individual snacks (fruit snacks, chips, goldfish, etc.)
Soup Entrée: 2 cans of soup or beef stew, 2 cans of fruit, 2 cans of vegetables, crackers, 8 individual snacks (fruit snacks, chips, goldfish, etc.)
Fiesta Entrée: Bag of rice, bag or 2 cans of beans (red, black, pinto), chicken stock, 2 cans of chicken, 2 cans of fruit, 2 cans of vegetables, crackers, 8 individual snacks (fruit snacks, chips, goldfish, etc.)
Homestyle Entrée: 2 boxes mac and cheese, boxed milk or can of evaporated milk, 2 cans of chicken or tuna, 2 cans of fruit, 2 cans of vegetables, crackers, 8 individual snacks (fruit snacks, chips, goldfish, etc.)
Casserole Entrée: Egg noodles, 2 cans of chicken or tuna, can of cream of mushroom soup, 2 cans of fruit, 2 cans of vegetables, crackers, 8 individual snacks (fruit snacks, chips, goldfish, etc.)
Tide Me Over Bag – Shopping List
In order to build nutritious and consistent Tide Me Over Bags, we ask that you adhere to the stated food items below. Thank you.
- 16 oz boxed pasta (spaghetti, penne, rigatoni, etc.)
- 16 oz or 24 oz jar of pasta sauce
- 16 oz or 24 oz jar of alfredo sauce
- 19 oz can of soup
- 2 lb. box or bag of rice
- 7.25 oz box of mac and cheese
- 12 oz can of tuna
- 12.5 oz can of chicken
- 12 oz bag of egg noodles
- 32 oz boxed milk or 12 oz can evaporated milk
- 32 oz box chicken stock
- Parmesan cheese
- 5 oz cream of mushroom soup
- 15 oz can of fruit (pineapple, peaches, oranges, applesauce)
- 15.5 oz can of beans (red, black, pinto)
- 1 lb. bag of dried beans
- 7 oz box of crackers (Ritz, Saltines, etc.)
- 15.5 oz can of vegetables (green beans, corn, carrots, peas, potatoes, mixed veggies)
- Individually wrapped granola bars
- Individually wrapped fruit snacks
- Snack sized individual chips, goldish, pretzels, cookies, etc.
- Single serve raisin packets
Extra items (optional)
- Dried herbs / dried peppers (oregano, cilantro, basil, garlic, onion, hot chilies)
- Salt and pepper
- Juice / Water
- 12 oz box of cereal
- 16 or 18 oz container of oatmeal
- 48 oz container of oil
- Pancake mix
- Pancake syrup