Hilltop is combining forces with Sioux Falls area UM Churches to maximize our efforts to provide a new pair of shoes for Sioux Falls children in Kindergarten through 5th grade in time for the start of school in September. On a Saturday in August volunteers will meet the children, wash their feet and fit them with a pair of shoes and socks so they are ready for the first day of school.
Hilltop periodically serves and provides meals to The Banquet - in fact, we served three times in 2013.
A group of 20 volunteers is needed to serve breakfast, while 35-40 volunteers are typically needed to serve an evening meal. During the evening meal, The Banquet typically serves approximately 350-450 people.
Hilltop looks forward to continuing to serve and support the important work the Banquet is doing in Sioux Falls. Our volunteers served dinner at the Banquet west site Tuesday, July 14 and at the downtown site Thursday, November 12, 2015. Our volunteers served both locations again in 2016 and have plans to serve both locations again in 2017 and 2018. To learn more about this ministry, visit The Banquet site.
Hilltop UMC is proud to be one of several United Methodist Churches in the Sioux Falls area to provide a Sunday evening meal for persons in the community who might not otherwise have that meal.
The absence of a Sunday evening meal at The Banquet leaves many people without food until Monday. Every seven weeks a meal is prepared in the Hilltop kitchen to serve approximately 200 people. At 5:00 p.m. the food is loaded into the Nightwatch Canteen Van and distributed in the parking lot at First UM Church. Later it is moved to the parking lot at Raven Industries where the remainder of meals are handed out.
Meals on Wheels
Hilltoppers have volunteered, for several years, to deliver a warm noon meal to folks who might be homebound or need food assistance. The schedule for Hilltop volunteers is coordinated by Laura Knight.
Feeding SD Backpacks
A group of 18 - 20 Hilltoppers head to Feeding South Dakota one Tuesday afternoon each month September through May from 4 - 5 p.m. Their mission is to fill back packs with a weekend's worth of food for snacks and meals. Over 3,000 back packs are sent home with Sioux Falls school children every Friday afternoon to assure that their families will have food for the weekend.
Lunch is Served
Twenty volunteers gathering at Emmanuel Baptist Church make sandwiches and pack lunches for Sioux Falls working poor. Many who are employed work all day without lunch because they often have to choose between purchasing food and paying rent and covering other living expenses. These lunches help to insure they will have a nutritious lunch and a productive work day.