Basic Essential cart

Incorporating the Basic Essentials cart into our daily/weekly living has become a tradition. It sits in the southwest corner of Wilson Hall, always ready to be overfilled with food and necessities that we pass on to our neighbors. Our intention is to keep mission work in our everyday lives as we make the purchases that sustain our homes and lives. Simply purchasing two of any item on your list, whether dried or canned goods, spices or cooking oils, toiletries, paper goods, and bringing them to the Cart makes a difference. Children can help decide on or purchase items as well as placing them in the cart, a great Sunday morning tradition! This is truly a mission for all ages. We regularly distribute items to GraceWorks, Bridges and My Friends House. 

The Basic Essentials Cart is also the collection spot for some year round projects.  Novels for Project JOY, Coats for Room In The Inn and Christmas Presents for GraceWorks Manger.. Details and Cart donation suggestions are listed below.

Graceworks manger

We collect Manger items year round!   Keep your “Manger Eyes” open for sales of popular items and we will transport  them to GraceWorks for storage in their warehouse until the next Christmas at GraceWorks Manger rolls around. Indicate “Manger" on the items.


FPC is thrilled to participate in Habitat builds in our community. 

Mission Trips

FPC is proud to participate in mission trips both Domestic and Abroad

"out the box" food pantry suggestions

  •       Canned meats: Protein sources are important…Think beyond tuna & soup, which food banks get tons of. Sometimes go for canned beef, canned ham, and canned chicken or canned salmon. Hearty ready-to-go meals like beef stew and chili with meat and soups.
  •       Cans of beans
  •       Canned vegetables: Consider potatoes, carrots, spinach, peas, green beans or any other veggies your family likes.
  •       Canned fruit: in fruit juice without extra sugar! Dried fruit.
  •       Baby toiletries:  Diapers in sizes above newborn, wipes, formula, baby shampoo, baby soap.
  •       Boxed meals THAT REQUIRE ONLY WATER. Hamburger Helper isn’t helpful if you don’t have hamburger.
  •       Low-sugar cereal like plain Cheerios
  •       Peanut butter
  •       Instant oatmeal, instant grits
  •       Pasta, pasta sauce
  •       Biscuit or baking mixes (again that only require water)
  •       Cans, cartons or boxes of powered and evaporated milk
  •       Toiletries: toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, shampoo & conditioner, Toilet Paper Feminine hygiene products (bulk buys!)
  •       Paper Towels, Household Cleaners, Dishwashing Soap, etc.
  •       Spices like cinnamon, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, cayenne, chili powder, cumin, nutmeg, bay leaves…etc.

~ Consider low-sugar dietary restrictions for diabetics. ~

Project Joy

Each September FPC’s 2NDSAT assembles 300 Learning Bags for 5th-12th Graders in Harlen KY.   Help us fill those bags with 300 New or Very Gently Used Books.  You can bring them year round to take advantage of after school year extras or sales.  This helps us be prepared once September rolls around.  Consider the favorite novels/biographies/non fictions of you’re your high school years or the ones your teens love.   We want to entice young readers into the world of words!

Room in the inn

Room In The Inn (RITI) operates at FPC on Wednesday nights, November through March.   This interaction continues to be an inspiration to us as we share a meal and enjoy each others company.   Thanks to our youth, Sunday school classes, small groups, Stephen Ministry, Confirmation program and our congregation at large, each week we are able to serve our guests a hot dinner, breakfast, and a sack lunch to take with them.  In addition, we offer hot showers, personal hygiene products, clean underwear and socks, as well as donated winter coats.

We collect heavy winter coats for RITI year round. Registration to volunteer for Winter Shelter will begin in October.

Did you know?

Some items are not covered under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), leaving many without access to these basic products:

 • Deodorant   • Feminine Hygiene  • Toilet Paper    • Shampoo  • Razors and shaving cream  • toothbrushes/toothpaste