Matthew’s Ministry Sponsors “Give Healthy” Food Drive

by Dec 3, 2018Nonprofits, South Brunswick

Given the choice between beef ravioli and low sodium soup, most kids would choose the ravioli. But that might all change. Here’s why.

For the past eight years, Matthew’s Ministry in Southport has been collecting food and packing backpacks for food insecure school kids to take home over the weekend. On November 19 they launched a new program called the “Give Healthy” food drive to provide the kids with foods that have less sugar and salt and more fiber and protein. During the duration of this drive, which is from now until December 20, all those who donate food for the backpacks are being asked to include only those foods on the Matthew’s Ministry recommended list (see below).

Matthew’s Ministry (Photo contributed)

Matthew’s Ministry founder and executive director, Kristie Disbrow, said she hopes this will encourage the kids to try new foods and perhaps develop a taste for them. There will be a flyer included in their backpacks explaining the benefits of making nutritious food choices and giving them information about which ingredients they should emphasize and which ones they should avoid. She doesn’t expect a complete change in their eating habits after only one month, however she does hope the kids will become more aware of the benefits of eating healthy foods and the consequences of not. And for the duration of this drive, they will have no choice. Disbrow also hopes that those who donate food after the drive is over will continue to consider bringing healthy foods.

If you would like to participate in this effort, your donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at Hamilton Realty Group, 1427 N. Howe Street or the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce, 4433 Long Beach Road.

Here is the recommended food list:

  • Fruit packed in 100% water or 100% juice.
  • Pasta or rice with the first ingredient listed as 100% whole wheat or 100% whole grain
  • Oatmeal packets and/or granola bars with less than 8g of sugar per serving
  • Canned beans that are labeled reduced sodium or low sodium
  • Canned vegetables with no added sodium
  • Pouch size roasted or unsalted nuts or seeds
  • Pouch size trail mixes with only nuts and dried fruits
  • Canned soups with less than 500mg sodium and at least 2g of fiber per serving

For more information you can email Matthew’s Ministry at Or visit their website at

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