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About A Simple Gesture

A Simple Gesture is a “pantry pick-up program” that makes donating very easy and increases inventory at Lake Christian Ministries (LCM). This model has been implemented in over 80 communities nationwide. It is a grassroots, all-volunteer program that also promotes awareness of needs and civic engagement.

A Simple Gesture is a simple and convenient way to help Neighbors in need. It is fun to involve children and/or grandchildren or fill bags as a group or club project. 


Many families in the SML area live in poverty (defined as having an annual income at or below $28,290 for a family of four). Sadly, the poverty rate for the counties surrounding SML has risen over the past decade.  A Simple Gesture will help those struggling with food insecurity.




  • Community members will register as donors and/or volunteer drivers

  • Bag collections will take place 4x/year (one day each quarter)

  • LCM will provide each donor with a reusable bag and wish list of desired items

  • Donors will fill their bag and leave it outside their door on pre-determined days 

  • Volunteer drivers will pick up the bags (leaving an empty bag and wish list for the next pick-up) and deliver the bags to LCM

  • In neighborhoods where no driver is available, donors can drop off bags at LCM or other designated locations

  • LCM will sort, store, and distribute the food, sharing with other pantries if needed

Giving is not just about making a donation.

It is about making a difference.

Kathy Calvin, President & CEO United Nations Foundation

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