Pitman Food Pantry
The Pitman Pantry is a cooperative ministry of five Pitman churches to feed those in the community and beyond who are having trouble keeping food in their own pantries. With support from our congregations and from the USDA and the Food Bank of South Jersey, the Pantry feeds hundreds of families each month. Located in the rear of the First Baptist Church. As part of our Sunday School program, the children plant a vegetable garden every spring which they call the Angel Garden. Their harvest is distributed through the Pitman Food Pantry. The Food Pantry customers very much appreciate the fresh-picked tomatoes, peppers, green beans and squash that our kids have grown. The Pantry is open on Tuesdays from 6-7 PM, Wednesdays from 4-5 PM, and Thursdays from 12-1 PM.
Family Promise was founded in the state of New Jersey in 1988 as a means of giving homeless families an opportunity to achieve stability by providing shelter, food, case management, and hospitality utilizing the resources within local congregations and the community.. Our church was the first in Pitman to become a host congregation. Up to 14 guests receive meals and overnight accommodation at our church one week at a time for up to four weeks each year. Recently, we hosted guests from October 9th through October 16th. We will hold refresher training courses for volunteers. Check the church calendar for refresher course dates, and contact Jennifer Russell for more information.
Summer Lunch Program
Each summer, our church provides free lunches for local children in the Pitman School District who are eligible for free or reduced lunches during the school year. In summer 2016, we provided 150 lunches for 50 children who represented 18 families. Members of our congregation, and Sunday School students, help with the food purchasing and packing, as well as distributing the lunches for 11 weeks during the summer. Our program was modeled on one at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Woodbury, and funded through the church’s Mission budget, a grant from West Jersey Presbytery and donations from the congregation. The undistributed food that remained at the end of the summer was donated to the Pitman Food Pantry, and the boxes used to distribute the lunches were recycled and given to a nonprofit to be used in their work.
UrbanPromise Academy is a private, Christian high school that fulfills the needs of students who have not met their academic potential in traditional school settings and often enter two to three grade levels below national standards. Founded in 1997, the Academy offers Camden youth a unique schooling opportunity with a low teacher to student ratio, a family-style learning environment, an emphasis on community service, and experiential and expeditionary learning. UrbanPromise Academy currently boasts a 100% graduation rate sees 93% of graduates enter college. Extracurricular opportunities include the school’s Elite Cycling Team, UrbanTrekkers, Urban BoatWorks, and Students In Action (SIA).