C.R.O.S. Food Pantry

C.R.O.S. (Christians Reaching Out to Society) Ministries collaborates with other organizations to help feed the hungry in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. In 1978, a group of United Methodist Churches located in Palm Beach County came together to form Christians Reaching Out to Society (CROS Ministries). They realized that together they could make more of a difference assisting the community’s unmet needs.

We believe that to be successful in addressing hunger, the community must come together. For 38 years, C.R.O.S. has brought people of different faiths, civic groups, and members of our community to work together effectively towards the common goal of ending hunger in our county. With limited staff, we utilize the talents of more than 3,000 volunteers to operate our programs. Using volunteers keeps our costs down which allows us to be open numerous days/week. All services are provided free of charge without regard to race, religion, national origin, marital status, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

Yearly Activities and Important Tasks:

  • December:  Christmas collection to Gifts of Hope
  • December through May:  Gleaning
  • April:  Annual fund raiser (Old School Square)
  • May:  Postman’s Food Drive (Participate)June through
  • August:  Day Camps for elementary and middle school students from low income families.
  • October:  Annual “End Hunger Walk” in West Palm Beach.

You can help by volunteering to serve at food pantries or at the C.R.O.S. office; donating food or money or gleaning produce.

Website:   http://www.crosministries.org

Contact to Volunteer:  Juanita Bryant Goode, Director of Engagement

Email:    jgoode@crosministries.org

Contact to Donate:  Gibbie Nauman, Dir. of Develop. & Community Relations

Email:   gnauman@crosministries.org

Family Promise

Oceanview Church is a Host Congregation in an Interfaith Hospitality Network called Family Promise of North/Central Palm Beach County. We provide accommodations, meals and support to local families with children, who are facing homelessness.

Four times a year, Oceanview Church hosts one to three families for a one week period. Hosting months are usually: February, May, August and December.

Tasks involved with hosting include:

  • Setting up and breaking down guest rooms
  • Overnight hosts
  • Childcare
  • Providing meals
  • food or serving assistance
  • Activity planning and participation
  • Laundry
  • Transportation

Ways to be involved with Family Promise:

  • Volunteer your time for any of the various task opportunities. 
  • Donate food or funds to purchase supplies for the host week. 
  • Financially support Family Promise of North/Central Palm Beach County. 
  • Year round opportunities are available with fund raising, volunteering at the Day Center and event planning. 

Website:   https://www.familypromisencpbc.org/


Email:   family@oceanviewumc.com

Good Samaritan Fund

At Oceanview Church, one way we offer second mile giving is through the Good Samaritan Fund

This is a special local fund at Oceanview that provides for the needs of those here in our community who need financial help with utilities, rent transportation, etc. and food support for the homeless from time to time.

Participation is easy. You can make a donation through Oceanview Give on the website or you can mail your donation check to Oceanview designating it to the Good Samaritan Fund.

Contact Pastor Emily for more information. 

It Takes A Village Ministry

“It Takes a Village” ministry provides school donations when needed for Safety Patrol Trips for Jupiter Elementary, Riviera Beach Elementary and Palmetto Elementary Schools in Palm Beach County. Oceanview donates uniform shirts, uniform shorts, school supplies and donations (when needed) to help fund a child going on the Spring Safety Patrol Trip to Washington D.C.

The AAA School Safety Patrol program is the largest traffic safety program in the world. Since its inception in 1920, the program has provided a safer environment and educational opportunities for millions of school children. Each year, more than 654,000 children participate at over 34,500 schools throughout the country.

The program instills students with a sense of responsibility, leadership and citizenship. AAA provides an array of equipment and material, including electric-lime fluorescent belts, nickel plated steel badges and training. When properly uniformed and trained, they ensure their classmates safety to and from school every day. The program helps reduce injuries and deaths among 5-to-14 year olds, the age group most at risk for pedestrian injury.

During Vacation Bible School, we collect donations of school supplies for our local schools. In addition, we purchase and distribute uniform shirts and shorts to each or our ‘adopted’ schools prior to the beginning of each new school year.

You can help by donating school supplies, back packs, and uniform shirts/shorts. Bring them to Oceanview Church or donate directly to the “It Takes A Village Ministry”.

“It Takes a Village” Contact Information:

JoJo Brockman, Email: village@oceanviewumc.com

Palm Beach County Food Project

Our partner food pantries are struggling due to the added number of people needing food as many unemployed person's federal benefits run out. With the possible elimination of eviction protection, the number of homeless and hungry people will likely increase. Therefore, we need to raise funds. The money raised will be used to provide the much-needed food without putting any of our Food Project volunteers in an environment that could endanger their health.

You can also help by making a financial donation. Here is how you can give:

Visit our website to donate conveniently by credit card: www.palmbeachcountyfoodproject.org

Building Community. Sharing Food.

Neighbors donate a bag of food every two months. It’s incredibly easy, because we supply the bag…and we pick up the food! This provides food pantries with a steady, year-round supply of food…and provides donors with the ongoing satisfaction of making a real difference. They also get to know their neighbors, which builds a powerful sense of community. So everyone wins.

The Food Project is a revolutionary way to collect food: It’s a donor drive, not a food drive.

Instead of asking for one-time contributions of food, our volunteers . . . (Neighborhood Coordinators),  enlist their neighbors to become long-term Food Donors. 

How the Food Project Works:

The NEIGHBORHOOD COORDINATOR (NC) signs up his or her neighbors to be Food Donors. Each Donor receives a green cloth grocery bag in which to collect his or her food donation. Every two months, the NC picks up the green food bags from their Donors and leaves a new bag for the next pick up. During the COVID pandemic: we are doing a socially distanced Drop Off at Oceanview Church. See the EVENT PAGE for more details and dates. 

The food is then boxed and taken to a designated collection site. The food is sorted, weighed and ready almost immediately for distribution to food Pantries (such as those operated by C.R.O.S. Ministries) where it is then distributed to hungry and needy people in Palm Beach County.

You can become a Neighborhood Coordinator in your neighborhood. It is quite easy, you will have plenty of tools to help you get it done and you will feel great!! You can sign up to be a Neighborhood Coordinator on the website listed below, or contact either Erich or Kay.

For more information, check out the Palm Beach County Food Project’s Website: http://www.palmbeachcountyfoodproject.org/

Oceanview’s Coordinator: Kay Heisler:  foodproject@oceanviewumc.com

St. George’s Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen

St. George’s Center – Saturday Bag Lunch Program

St. George’s Episcopal Church

21 W. 22nd Street

Riviera Beach, Florida

St. George’s Center in Riviera Beach, created in 1998, emerged from a need to feed and clothe indigent and homeless individuals and their families in the area. In 2014, St. George’s Center served 116,514 meals to the hungry residents of the community. Oceanview is one of several churches that provide meals at the center.

We serve bag lunches on the 1st and 5th Saturday of each month. We arrive at the Center in Riviera Beach at 10:45 am to prepare lunches. Lunches are then handed out between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Our church provides drinks, chips, cookies and and Publix style bags enough to pack 100 lunches. The sandwiches are provided by other churches and are supplied at St. George’s.

Bags are assembled with 1 water, 1 of each snack item and 2 – 3 sandwiches. Staff at St. Georges usually can tell you how many sandwiches to put in each bag. Sometimes staff will give you extra items to put in the bags. Begin handing out sandwiches at 11:30 (not earlier). Seconds can be handed out at 12:15 and not earlier unless staff tells you it is OK. You are done at 12:30 and if any filled bags are left just leave them there.

Barbara will contact you the beginning of the week of your scheduled date to confirm and coordinate the food and bag drop off.


You can volunteer to help pack and hand out bag lunches on a Saturday at St. George’s Center. This is less than a two hour time commitment. Two volunteers are needed for each Saturday. You can sign up for as many, or as few, Saturdays as you would like. Volunteers. please wear closed toe shoes and bring a hat/cap to wear while working in the food prep and serve areas. Sorry, but no children under 12 years of age are allowed to serve.

Location of Kitchen:   St. George’s Soup Kitchen

921 West 22nd Street, Riviera Beach, FL 33404.

Directions: Take I-95 to the Blue Heron exit and head east to Broadway. Turn right onto Broadway. Turn right onto West 22nd Street. St. George’s Episcopal Church is on the right; the soup kitchen is inside the church.

Website:  http://st-georgeschurch.org/

Oceanview Church Contact Information:

Email:  ovstgeorges@oceanviewumc.com