GETTING STARTED …
So, what goes into a “Reach One Bag?” How will you make own bags locally? We’ve created a packing list to help you get started.
We’re also producing digital media (print resources) that you can request from us or duplicate locally if you desire. And of course, every time you make new “Reach One Bags,” be sure to pray over the bags and for the people who will receive them.
WHAT YOU SHOULD PACK …
You will need one GALLON-sized, Ziploc (style) bag for each “Reach One Bag” you pack. Your goal is to fill the bag with portable, easy-to-access food, drinks, and comfort items. You’ll also want to include easy-to-carry resources (ideally, business card size) to help a hungry person take the next step(s) to eliminate hunger. And of course, you’ll also want to include spiritual resources.
In short, you’ll probably pack some combination of the following:
- Food items.
- Liquids (drinks).
- Comfort items.
- Connection (printed spiritual and information) items.
We’ll discuss these in detail below.
FOOD ITEMS …
Typically, there are three groups of food items to pack:
- PROTEINS — include a meat of some kind. Be sure it’s in an easy-to-open container, like a pop top lid or something similar. Examples include tuna fish, beanie weenies, ravioli, Vienna sausages, etc.
- FRUIT — include a container of fruit or a fresh fruit item that has a good shelf life. Examples include applesauce, pears, peaches, etc. If you’re using fresh fruit, consider something like a whole apple.
- SNACK — include a snack, which is usually a carbohydrate. Examples include peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, cereal bars, fig bars, peanuts, etc.
DRINKS AND UTENSILS …
Liquid — include something to drink. Of course, small bottles of water are good, though there are issues with associated with plastic waste on the street. An alternative is a juice, especially if it’s packed in cardboard (recyclable or biodegradable paper).
Utensils — don’t forget the utensils. Include a plastic spoon, fork and/or knife. They’re especially valuable to people out on the street.
COMFORT ITEMS …
Personal Comfort — add some small “goodies” for personal comfort to your “Reach One Bag.” Examples include cough drops, gum, mints, tissues, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, Q-tips, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
SPIRITUAL INFORMATION …
Small print media that easily fit into a pocket can be valuable for a hungry person, especially one who is out on the streets. Since hunger is a problem
One of our goals is to help hungry people access resources to improve their quality of life and eventually lead to work and food security. It all starts with prayer. Examples of items to pack include tracts, a pocket Bible, prayer cards (from a religious bookstore or produced locally), or other information that encourages and inspires, etc.
Promise to pray for them and then keep your promise. Even though you might not remember all their names, Jesus knows them. Pray for them.
Finally, there are the “connections.” We’re talking about access to resources and work support that help a hungry person move forward. Don’t assume that hungry people know where all the resources are, and don’t assume they know how to find work either. Many do not. Commit to helping them by providing print media with good information. This information is readily available all around the nation.
Include small, printed documents that explain what’s available and how to access it. We print some at the Reach One offices, and there are plenty of other good information resources available locally. Just remember that the information you pack should be easy to carry in a coat or pants pocket. Examples include 211 cards, America’s Job Center cards, and other similar items.