Church gets grant for its food shelf ministry

Cross of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, Coon Rapids, has received a $5,000 Lutheran community economic outreach bridge grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.

Cross of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, has received a grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to help support its local community food shelf. Left to right: Bob Wilkerson, Terri Moeller, Rachelle Morris and Michael Sundsmo. Moeller and Morris are in charge of the food shelf, while Wilkerson and Sundsmo represent Thrivent.

Cross of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, has received a grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to help support its local community food shelf. Left to right: Bob Wilkerson, Terri Moeller, Rachelle Morris and Michael Sundsmo. Moeller and Morris are in charge of the food shelf, while Wilkerson and Sundsmo represent Thrivent.

The money was awarded to Cross of Christ Church based on its effectiveness in addressing basic food needs of the local community.

Cross of Christ Church has also elected to participate in a complementary two-to-one challenge grant program sponsored by the foundation.

For every dollar raised by Cross of Christ Church in monetary donations, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation will provide an additional 50 cents — up to $5,000 — in support of the organization’s food shelf ministry.

These donations must be received by March 31, 2013.

“Difficult economic conditions and high unemployment rates have caused many Americans to seek support for basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter from local nonprofits,” said Kathy Larson, grants program manager for the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.

“This grant program is designed to help effective organizations maintain their financial stability in the face of increased demand on their resources.”

Terri Moeller and Rachelle Morris, who currently head up the food shelf program at Cross of Christ Church, were extremely happy to receive the grant funds.

They have seen an increased need as the economy has struggled and are always excited to help as many families as possible, according to Moeller and Morris.

To help the community by donating food or money – monetary donations will be matched by Thrivent at 50 percent until March 31, 2013 – contact Cross of Christ Church at 763-786-0637 or mail donations to Cross of Christ Church Food Shelf. 9931 Foley Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN 55433.

For more information about Cross of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, go to crossofchrist.us or Facebook.

Founded in 1982, the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation is a private foundation that operates exclusively for charitable, educational and religious purposes. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit, Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping approximately 2.5 million members achieve financial security and give back to their communities.

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