Outreach Ministries


Hand2Hand was organized in 2008 in West Michigan to partner churches with schools to supply nutritious food in backpacks for children at risk of going hungry over the weekend during the school year.  Sparta Church of the Nazarene is partnering with Ridgeview Elementary this fall to provide these weekend backpacks.  These backpacks are delivered to the school every week so that the children can take them home after school on Fridays.  There is a great need right here in our own community.   Today over half of public school students in this country are from low income families.  Over 16 million children in America experience hunger on a daily basis.  The need is great and Hand2Hand has proven to be a simple yet impactful program that puts food directly into the hands of children so that they can learn and have a greater opportunity to excel academically, physically, socially, and emotionally.



How can you help?  

Lists of food items are listed below. These items can be dropped off at the church office Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or during worship service times on Sunday mornings 9:15 - 12:00 or Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30.  Monetary donations to purchase food are also welcome. 100% of donations will be used to purchase the food to go in the backpacks.  Please join us in feeding our community children at risk, because a hungry child hurts.  This is a solvable problem.


30 Pantry Staples/Suggestions/and Ideas-

Breakfast:                                                                                      Fruits/Vegetables:

Cereal (individual sizes)

Oatmeal Packets

Poptarts (one sleeve from a box)

Pancake Mix (needing only water)


Cereal Bars

Canned Fruit

Mixed Fruit Cups

Applesauce Cups

Canned Vegetables


Lunch/Supper:                                                                            Snacks:

Peaunut Butter

Jelly (no glass jars)

Mac n Cheese

Soup (any kind- no cream soups)

Cans of Spaghetti O's or Ravioli's

Boxed Potatoes

Boxed Rice Mixes

Box of Pasta/Spaghetti

Can of Pasta/Spaghetti Sauce

Tuna/Chicken Helper

Cans of Chicken or Tuna

Fruit Snacks

Pudding Cups

Granola Bars

Individual size bags of cookies and crackers etc.

Rice Krispy Treats

Microwave Popcorn packet

Trail Mix packets

Peanut butter and/or cheese cracker packets



Nazarene Neighbor Nugget

Each month, beginning January 2017, our Outreach Team is presenting you with some suggestions to help you and your family to engage in your community, outside the doors of our church. We would like to hear back from you when you accomplish any of these or other ideas that you choose on your own. 

   September Ideas:

1) Donate winter clothing to Mel Trotter, Lean On Me, North Kent Connect, etc.

2) Give recognition to a neighbor/co-worker for  something that they do.

3) Thank a cashier for their work after waiting in a long line. SMILE!  You will both feel better. 

 Please share your experiences with the church office!