Food Hub

Oak Chapel United Ministries (OCUM)

The Oak Chapel United Ministries (OCUM) Consolidation Services Hub has been up and running since our first delivery on October 22, 2020. We primarily service the 20906 zip code providing 600+ families with food each week. This ministry partnership with Montgomery County was established in response to many persons adversely impacted by the pandemic. We are a no barrier food hub which means no questions are asked and there are no requirements to receive our services in an effort to make sure persons in need in our community have food for their families.

In addition to food resources, the hub provides diapers to families in need and offers social services.

Social Services, Government Assistance, Information and Resources by appointment:

·       Assistance applying for SNAP/Food Stamps

·       Referrals to social services including clothing, furniture, health insurance, community clinics, mental health, abuse and violence prevention, COVID testing, wait list for rental assistance, emergency rental and utility assistance.

·       Immigration information, Employment, and Education including English classes, Bank teller preparation program, Green Construction Certification, Tax Preparation, Foreclosure Prevention. 

Servicios Sociales, Ayudas del Gobierno, información y Recursos comunitarios con cita:

·       Asistencia aplicando para estampillas de comida o SNAP

·       Referidos para ropa, muebles, seguro de salud y clínicas comunitarias, salud mental y prevención de abuso/violencia, exámenes del COVID, lista de espera para ayuda con renta, y ayuda de emergencia con renta y utilidades

·       Inmigración, declaración de impuestos, empleo, prevención de desalojo

·       Educación: clases de inglés y alfabetización, construcción, cajero de banco

Appointments can be made with the case manager, Alejandra Merchan, by calling (202) 642-5316 or emailing alejandra.merchan@cc-dc.org


WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

Business Hours: Monday – Friday 9AM- 3PM

Monday: On the 2nd Monday of each month we host a diaper distribution.

Tuesdays: Non-perishable and produce bags are packed. Food distributions at neighborhood apartment complexes in the 20906 area.

Wednesdays: Non-perishable and produce bags are packed.

Thursdays: Food bags of non-perishables, produce, and other items as available are distributed. Distribution is done in a curbside, drive-thru fashion between 11 AM – 1 PM or as long as supplies last. Home deliveries are made on Thursday afternoons to families that are unable to pick up at the church on Thursdays.

Fridays: Home deliveries are made on Friday afternoons to families that are unable to pick up at the church on Thursdays.

Need Assistance?

If you need diapers, Click here and fill out the form!

If you need food delivered to you , Click here and fill out the form!


Volunteers!

Oak Chapel UM Hub has 5 main ways for volunteers to get involved:

1. Packing Bags for Food Distribution on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am-1pm (at Oak Chapel).

Join us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to help serve our community by packing dry food and produce bags for our weekly drive-thru distribution and home deliveries. Bending and some lifting may be required. There are two time slots: 10am-11:30am and 11:30am-1pm. Sign up here.

2. Serving During the Drive-Thru Food Distribution every Thursday from 10am-1pm (at Oak Chapel).

Join us on Thursdays to help serve our community by distributing food bags in a curbside, drive-thru fashion! Sign up here.

3. Distributing Diapers on the 2nd Monday of the month from 10:30am -12pm (at Oak Chapel).

Help distribute diapers on the 2nd Monday of every month to families in need in our community. We need volunteers to check ID’s, insurance cards, and to give out the correct diaper size. Sign up here.

4. Serving During a Drive-Thru Food Distribution at Harmony Hills Elementary School on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month from 11am-12:30pm (at 13407 Lydia St, Silver Spring, MD 20906).

Join us on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month to help serve our community by distributing food bags in a curbside, drive-thru fashion! Sign up here.

5. Helping With Home Food Deliveries on Thursdays or Fridays from 2-3pm.

Join us to help serve our community by delivering pre-packed food bags to shut-in and homebound neighbors in our community. Arrive at Oak Chapel UMC to pick up the food bags and the designated route and deliver the food in your own vehicle in a no-contact format. Sign up here.

Interested in volunteering or have any questions? Email Haley Hamblin, Community Engagement Liaison and Volunteer Coordinator, at ocumhub@gmail.com.


Oak Chapel UM Hub Staff

We are blessed to have the following staff servicing the hub:

Pastor Sherri: Pastor and Executive Director

Kenny Fuentes: Operations Manager

Juan Pablo Montano: Operations Assistant  

Julia Lopez: Volunteer Coordinator

If you need to reach the hub staff, please email ocumhub@gmail.com

Case Manager: Alejandra Merchan

(202) 642-5316 alejandra.merchan@cc-dc.org


HOW CAN YOU HELP US ?

  1. Volunteer: See the section above

2. Electronic Giving

Electronic Giving is a convenient, consistent way to help us to continue serving those families in need of food assistance.

We offer convenient electronic giving options that help you make donations on a one-time or recurring basis. 

Use this secure link to set up your electronic giving today!

Secure Electronic Giving Page – Click Here! 

Donate through Amazon Smile today !

3. Donations needed:

If your interested in Donating food please call the hub at (301)-501-5804

Drop-offs accepted from Monday to Wednesday 9am – 4pm, Friday 9am – 2pm

Shop our Amazon Wishlist or consider donating the following items:

  • Cooking Oil (Vegetable or Olive Oil)
  • White Flour
  • White Sugar
  • Diapers size 4, 5, 6

If you are in need of assistance please reach out to us. / Si necesita ayuda, comuniquese con nosotros.