A Month of Meals

At Encounter, we are blessing100 households in our Valley communities with a Month of Meals! There are many ways you can help: by nominating a family to receive the meals; by adopting a family; or by donating your time and talents to the effort.

We'll gather, as we always do, on Sunday, Nov. 24 and invite the families to join us for our 11 a.m. service at Rowe Middle School in Athens, Pa. After service, we'll be distributing our Month of Meals.

We are blessed at Encounter and can't wait to share those blessings with the community! This year, we are working closely with the Valley school districts to find families in need. We are also encouraging our members to nominate families they know who can use a helping hand this Christmas season. We’ll also be posting information about nominations on our Facebook page, so Like and Follow Encounter on Facebook!

New this year, in addition to a month’s worth of food, we’ll be giving each family a new CrockPot along with recipes to use many of the items in the grocery boxes.

How can you help?

Adopt a family

Individuals, a group or workplace can help with our – Adopt / Shop / Drop Program.

By adopting a family, you are supplying them with enough dry goods to stock their shelves for a month. These items are based on simple meals and will help alleviate the cost of food for the month.

You'll shop for the items on a list provided and organize them in boxes and bags we'll provide. Here is the link to our grocery list.

Drop off dates are Friday, Nov. 22 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 23 from 4-6 p.m at the Rowe Middle School. We'll have a team of people there to accept your donation.

Help us coordinate and organize

We can always use another hand to help, whether it’s in the office with some administrative duties, collecting food on Nov. 22 and 23 or loading cars with groceries on Nov 24. Let us know how you would like to help. You can fill out the form below or email us at

Become a Community Partner

This year we will also provide a $50 Aldi’s gift card to each family to purchase the perishable items they may need, but are difficult to collect because of lack of proper storage. We are seeking financial assistance from our local Community Partners to help fulfill this goal. If you, your business or employer is interested in joining with us, contact our Community Partner coordinator by email and we’ll get you all the information you need.

Nominate A Family

Maybe you know of a family in your community that could use a little help during the upcoming Christmas season. While we are working with the Athens, Sayre and Waverly school districts to find as many families as we can, we realize not all may be connected with the school district. If you have a family in mind, please send us an email.