Louisa Presbyterian Church is inviting churches across the county to participate in the Church-2-Church 10-Gallon Challenge.
By donating at least 10 gallons or 20 half-gallons of milk to the Louisa County Resource Council, churches will help supply needy families in the county with wholesome, delicious milk.
The resource council currently provides food for nearly 1,500 families. The need for milk is especially important during the summer while children are home from school. Donating milk also supports a struggling dairy industry.
This past year has been especially hard on small churches. A global pandemic puts a lot of extra stress on entities that are already strapped for members and resources. The milk challenge is a way for churches to show that they have pulled through a difficult year and are ready to serve God and the community.
Participating churches can choose when to donate based on their summer schedule.
The Central Virginian will publish photos if submitted to promote participation in the challenge. Simply snap a photo of church members donating milk and e-mail to David Holtzman at email@example.com. Feel free to include how many gallons of milk your church donated.
Contact Melinda McCall with questions at 540-894-6321, or Pastor Sandi at Louisa Presbyterian Church at firstname.lastname@example.org. They encourage churches to share their donation amounts, so they can send thank you notes.
How To Donate:
Collect money or at least 10 full gallons or 20 half gallons of milk from your congregation. Some churches donate over 100 gallons of milk at a time and some churches donate 10 gallons per week on a recurring basis. Any amount is appreciated!
If you have a large milk order, call the Louisa Food Lion at 540-967-2402 and order milk several days ahead of your planned donation. Please ask to speak to the dairy manager to place your order and plan your pickup at the store. They will help you get the milk loaded into your vehicle.
Call Lloyd or Cathy at the Louisa Resource Council, 540-967-1510, to let them know when you are planning to drop off milk at 147 Resource Lane, Louisa. Their hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are usually people working there to help you unload the milk.
Suggested Summer 2021 Donation Schedule:
6/7-6/11: Louisa Presbyterian Church kicked off the third year of the challenge by making the first donation on June 8.
6/14-6/18: Methodist churches
6/21-6/25: Baptist churches
6/28-7/2: Episcopal and Catholic churches
7/5-7/9: Non-denominational churches
7/12-7/16: Pentecostal, Independent, and Bible churches
7/19-7/23: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
7/26-7/30: Summer donation finale – any and all churches
Please note that these suggested donation times are only broken into denominations in order to keep the milk supply flowing for the resource council.