DSC_0009Paducah Cooperative Ministry receives aid and donations so that they may give assistance to the people in Paducah who are not able to support themselves. While this is a worthy goal, the problem is that aid and donations are mainly given during the Christmas season versus year round. Because of this, businesses and organizations in Paducah have decided to take a plan of action so that this is no longer an issue. Paducah Cooperative Ministry, an inter-faith ministry founded in 1973 by and for local congregations, is a non-profit organization. Their mission is to do “God’s work with human hands” by drawing together individuals and congregations to respond to basic human needs and conditions. They desire to meet needs, promote a spirit of trust and cooperation among individuals and groups, give visibility to human needs in Paducah, and encourage organizations to work together to meet those needs.

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HollandStivers has taken initiative with Socially Present to make a difference. Their desire is to not only highlight Paducah Cooperative Ministry, but to make the people of Paducah aware of the great needs that surround the area. So, desiring to be countercultural and to be communicative, the act of “Summer Harvest” was birthed.

Summer Harvest is an event created to “feed the hungry” people of Paducah through dropping off food at HollandStivers. They ask that you join them and many other businesses in the community in an effort to help Paducah Cooperative Ministry. The collection days are June 25th, 26th, and 27th. The food drop off day is June 28th.

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Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to be used in an effort to better the life of at least one individual? Then take canned goods to any participating businesses in the community on either June 25th, 26th, or 27th. If you are in need of more information, please contact 270.554.5535. Thank you for your caring assistance as we serve the needy in the Paducah area.As stated earlier, little aid or assistance goes out to Paducah Cooperative Ministry or to the people in need living in Paducah during the summer months. Heidi Suhrheinrich, Executive Director of PCM, states, “Summer months are some of the busiest at PCM- in terms of requests for emergency food assistance. With the school children at home, the strain on family resources goes up. Unfortunately, summer is also the time of year when donations seem to drop! Food drives at this time of year are particularly helpful.”

If your business or organization would like to participate in the Summer Harvest program, please contact Wendy Cooper at 270-554-5535.

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Suggested Food Donations

  • Peanut Butter
  • Meals in a can (beef stew, ravioli, soups, pork &beans, etc.)
  • Canned Fruit
  • Spaghetti and Spaghetti Sauce
  • Juice
  • Rice
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Canned Soups
  • Tuna Fish
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Jelly 
  • Baby Food