PROVISIONS WE ARE CURRENTLY IN NEED OF

Thank you for your generous contributions to Bentley!  We are currently in need of the following provisions to fill our shelves for our participant families:

Healthy cereal, oatmeal, juices, coffee, tea, cooking oils, spices, crackers, rice, canned and packaged soups, canned tuna, peanut butter, jams, marinades, dressings, tomato sauces in cans or jars, crackers, gluten-free products, nuts, dried fruits, healthy snack bars, sugar, flour, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, body washes, soap, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, body lotion, q-tips, baby cornstarch powder.

We certainly are grateful for your generous provisions!  Please contact us at 908-227-0684 to arrange pick up or drop off.

WINTER CARE PACKAGE DISTRIBUTION EVENT

On Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 11:30AM – 1:30PM, once again Abundant Harvest Community Kitchen at Montgomery Evangelical Free Church will serve a free hot lunch, open to all. Bentley Community Services will also be there, distributing provisions of healthy groceries, fresh produce and basic needs products. Abundant Harvest Community Kitchen is located at Montgomery Evangelical Free Church, 246 Griggstown Road, in the Belle Mead section of Montgomery Township, one mile east of Route 206.  

These winter care packages are for working families who do not qualify for assistance but who are struggling to make ends meet. They may have incurred a job lay-off, fewer work-hours and pay reduction, an unforeseen emergency, medical expenses or a financial setback.  When the paycheck stops, the difference is measurable for these families who have difficulty meeting monthly expenses. If you are a family in this situation, please plan to attend. Regular attendees are encouraged to come and will also receive provisions.  

As an added service to all who attend, Rachel Simpers, Registered Dietitian at ShopRite in Hillsborough, will speak on healthy eating and nutrition. ShopRite, a generous provider to Bentley Community Services, is the sponsor of the event. “We certainly are grateful to ShopRite for providing special tote bags filled with healthy food provisions, for the services of their Registered Dietitian, Rachel, and to MEFC’s Abundant Harvest program for hosting us for this program and distribution event”, states Dorothy Stearns, executive director of Bentley.  

“Abundant Harvest welcomes collaborating with Bentley Community Services as we are two community programs that are both food related, yet different, providing services for residents in our communities,” says Don Sears of Abundant Harvest. “We both are striving to work for the greater good to help make a positive difference in our communities. We are so thrilled to have Rachel, the Registered Dietitian from ShopRite in Hillsborough, speaking to us about healthy eating and nutrition, something we all need to know about.”

Please plan on attending Abundant Harvest’s free lunch and enjoy a gathering of community at Montgomery Evangelical Free Church.  Also, meet Bentley Community Services and learn how they may be of help and assistance.  For more information, please contact MEFC, 908-874-4634, abundantharvest@mefc.org or Bentley Community Services, 908-227-0684, www.bentleycommunityservices.org

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Beth Sears; Brant Holmes, Vice President – Operations, Bentley Community Services, Inc.; Dorothy Stearns, Executive Director – Bentley Community Services, Inc.; Don Sears, Coordinator, Abundant Harvest Community Kitchen

PHOTO Credit: Tad Woolley

“THE DIGNITY OF THE EXCHANGE”

The Dignity of the Exchange Video (click here)

A segment on our Mentor organization Birch Community Services, Inc.

Bentley Community Services, Inc. is a successful replication of Birch Community Services, Inc. seven months old and growing! We are focused on continuing to grow our charitable organization, each and every week, striving to make a positive difference in our communities like Birch.

Bentley Community Services, Inc. is growing and building every day providing relief every week to struggling, hardworking families in our region. They are having difficulty making ends meet due to the unstable economy, do not qualify for assistance as they make above state and federal guidelines and are formerly employed, underemployed or experiencing a financial setback due to an unforeseen emergency.