Knights Fight Hunger
Charlotte Christian is partnering with the Urban Ministry Center (UMC) this Christmas season for an all-school service project. Operation Sandwich will take place the week of Dec. 2-6, and all students in grades JK-12 will have the opportunity to participate by making sandwiches for our homeless neighbors at UMC. The Center gives away approximately 800 sandwiches a day at their men's shelter, and our goal is to provide more than 5,500 sandwiches with every student packing five each. The sandwiches will be delivered throughout the week to UMC.
There are two ways families may get involved: donate items and volunteer. Donated items that are needed include: loaf bread, meat (thick sliced turkey, ham, roast beef or bologna), cheese, gloves and zip sandwich bags. Please click here to sign up for a donation or a volunteer time slot. Please click here for more information about the Operation Sandwich program.
For 12 years, the Charlotte Christian community has rallied during Knights Fight Hunger Week to support The Harvest Center, a local ministry dedicated to helping homeless members of the Charlotte community. Through the years, truck loads of take-out trays, food service gloves, wrapped forks and napkins, canned food, and jars of peanut butter and jelly have made their way uptown to help neighbors in need right here in Charlotte.
What began as Tailgate and Donate in 2007 has transitioned over the years to Knights Fight Hunger Week, an exciting event held every April under the leadership and guidance of the Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF). It began modestly with canned food donations and clothing, and rapidly grew to providing essential staples like food trays, gloves, and more to help support The Harvest Center’s hot meal program. A year later, Operation Fork Wrap was introduced, a program that happens all year long and gives students from JK-12 the opportunity to wrap individual forks and napkins that are later used by patrons of the center. Currently, students wrap and pray over 20,000 wrapped forks each school year, enough to cover nearly every meal served by The Harvest Center in a year’s time. A group of Charlotte Christian parents also volunteer on a regular basis each month to help serve the meals and support the center in whatever way they can.
In the spring of 2016, Charlotte Christian School was honored to receive the first annual Volunteer of the Year Award from The Harvest Center. The award was presented during a special ceremony at the dedication of their new facility and accepted by members of the 2015-16 PTF leadership team along with members of the Charlotte Christian School Development Office.
12 Year Total for Knights Fight Hunger Week for the Harvest Center
$21,000 cash donations
234,266 take-out trays
202,800 food service gloves
207,000 wrapped forks
68,673 styrofoam cups
10,355 canned goods