Community Combined Ministries
In 2007, God gave the vision of our “community working together” to solve many important issues we are all facing together. Over the years and through hard work, Community Combined Ministries (CCM), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was formed with a primary focus to serve our area schools with meals for children, who would otherwise go without, on weekends, during breaks and throughout the summer.
CCM currently serves 23 schools in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties through our meal package program, Kidz Power Pacs (KPP). KPP volunteers gather once a month to pack Kidz Power Pacs on a Friday night and Saturday morning (see packing schedule). This gives everyone in our community a chance to serve together to help others.
KPP is expecting approximately 650 children to be enrolled in the 2014 program. Churches, businesses and individuals can help by sponsoring a child for as little as $20 a month, collecting easy open child-friendly foods, hosting a fundraiser and more.
We are also blessed to be able to provide a “discount food ministry” that specializes in variety of meal packages. This program is open to everyone in the community and there are no income restrictions. Once the order is placed through CCM, customers pick up their order at our distribution site once a month. For example: A family box could cost as little as $36 with this food program vs. paying approximately $65 at a local grocery store. We hope be be accepting EBT by the beginning of the year if not sooner. To view a full menu and order online visit CCM @ www.communitycombined.org or contact CCM directly by phone or email.
KPP Packing Schedule
Eagle School Intermediate
730 Eagle School Road, Martinsburg, WV 25404
Located on Eagle School Road in northern Martinsburg. From Exit 13, take I-81 North to Exit 16E (N. Queen St.). Take Route 9 E to Eagle School Road (4th traffic light; Route 45/5). Turn left onto Eagle School Road. Continue for 0.7 mile. School is on the right.
Come to the back of the school and enter through the back doors by the dumpster and go straight to the cafeteria.
Friday — Setup @ 4:30PM
Saturday — Packing @ 9AM Prayer / 10AM Packing
Packings take place the last weekend of the month unless it’s a holiday month. For schedule updates and changes, visit us online or on Facebook.
* Jefferson Co. Break Packing w/ Reg. Packing
** Berkeley Co. Break Packing w/ Reg. Packing
*** Jefferson & Berkeley Co. Break Packing w/ Reg. Packing
Please continue to pray for and help spread the word about KPP through-out the school year. Volunteers warmly welcomed and always needed.
• Hygiene Type Products – Soaps, Regular Size Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Floss, Hand Sanitizer, Mouth Wash, Combs, Brushes, Shampoo, etc.
• 24-pack Crayons
• Glue Sticks
• Children’s Scissors
Other Ways You Can Help:
• Holding food drives or KPP fundraisers
• Handing out KPP brochures
• Having a KPP representative speak to your church, business, special group or organization.
The Feb. 14-15 KPP days have been moved to Feb. 21-22 due to the recent winter storms. See you next weekend!
Community Combined Ministries sponsors Christmas party
December 14, 2013
MARTINSBURG – Ed Turner was in the U.S. Navy and traveled around the world.
“We would do a lot of community outreach and wherever we would go, children are children all around the world,” he said.
That is part of the reason he volunteers with Community Combined Ministries’ Kidz Power Pacs program.
“It feels good to give,” Turner said Friday evening as he and several other volunteers filled bags with food that would be given to children later in the evening after a Christmas party at Eagle School Intermediate School in Martinsburg.
The Kidz Power Pacs contain enough food for a child to have three meals a day that they can fix themselves when they are not in school, such as weekends, holiday vacations and during the summer, explained Diana Wall, coordinator for Berkeley County.
The program provides bags of food for more than 600 children from pre-K through middle school at 24 schools in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, she said.
“It’s not based on income,” Wall said. “We work with the schools, the teachers, the counselors, the principals. They know which students need assistance. We’re filling a gap. The children do not have enough food, but not because of parental neglect, because they can’t spread the food out.”
The program is funded through donations from churches, individuals, businesses and organizations, Wall said, adding that $20 will sponsor a child.
“We buy wholesale from local grocery stores,” she said. “We average about $10,000 a month.”
Volunteers – as many as 150 at a time – gather once a month to unload the tons of food and pack it in bags for distribution.
Volunteers is one of the items Wall’s group can always use more of.
“It doesn’t matter how old you are or if you’re in a wheelchair, we have a job you can do,” she said.
They also are looking for donations of plastic bags, packing boxes, sponsors and nonperishable foods, Wall said. They could use a small office space and storage space, too, she said.
Community Combined Ministries began in 2007 with the Feeding Families Food Boxes program, Wall said. The Kidz Power Pacs program started in 2010.
“During the big snow storm of 2010, we ran out of food – we were in the same situation,” she said. “The Lord gave me a vision. He laid it all out. I didn’t have to think about it.”
That was the beginning of Kidz Power Pacs.
Also Friday night, the gym at Eagle School Intermediate was filled with families for a Christmas party sponsored by Community Combined Ministries.
Kids got to play games, make crafts they could take home, refreshments, balloon figures created by Johnny-O, free photos with Santa, and a gift of a game or craft as well as their Kidz Power Pacs.
Combined Community Ministries also sponsors the local OneHarvest Food Ministry.
A Christmas party for Jefferson County families is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at the Ranson Civic Center.
For more information about Combined Community Ministries programs, to sponsor a child or to make a donation, call Wall at 304-268-8778, Kim Bittle, Jefferson County coordinator, at 571-748-8290, or go to www.communitycombined.org.
- Staff writer John McVey can be reached at 304-263-3381, ext. 128.
High Quality Food
OneHarvest is a non-profit, non-denominational, faith based organization that is committed to helping American families.
We offer affordable, pre-packaged, high quality food boxes. Our quality standard is based on a simple question…
If Christ were sitting at our table, would we be proud to serve Him our food?
By partnering with local churches, we are able to offer a once monthly distribution giving you an opportunity to save, serve and connect. Savings is simple,
everyone wants to save money and everyone has to eat. Serving and connecting with your community can be difficult at times.
We truly believe that food ministry is an awesome and effective way for you to serve and connect with your community. Our heart is ministry, feeding people is the bonus.
CHECK OUT THIS VA DAILY BREAD VIDEO ON ONE HARVEST!
KPP NEEDS YOUR HELP
PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS: If you work at a store ask for a box or two to donate to KPP. Need one of us to come in just let us know. We will need over 3,000.
TOOTHPASTE: KPP is getting close the amount of toothpaste we need, so please keep donating.
HELPING HANDS: KPP will be hosting “TWO” Christmas parties – Dec 13th and Dec 14th. This is also packing weekend so we need LOTS of help!! Let us know so we can get volunteered set for duties.
FUNDRAISERS and MORE
Click the “Fundraisers” tab for current KPP Fundraisers.
Join in and help support KPP!
Like to hold a fundraiser, head up a food drive, or hold a benefit to help feed the children through Kidz Power Pacs let us know. Over 600 child, still adding schools and our other schools are still increasing.
Also, the One Harvest Menu is now available. Order for your family or donate to families in need.
More to come next week!! Much love!!! KPP team!
Note from Diana Wall, Berkeley County Coordinator: “Yeah!!! So excited!! The FREE hair cut certificates just arrived for our Kidz Power Pacs children!!! 600 children will receive free hair cuts from the Hair Cuttery! Sending email to the counselors now. They will be so excited.” More to come!