C.R.O.S. Ministries

C.R.O.S. Ministries collaborates with other organizations to help feed the hungry in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. In 1978, a group of United Methodist Churches located in Palm Beach County came together to form Christians Reaching Out to Society (CROS Ministries). They realized that together they could make more of a difference assisting the community’s unmet needs.

Souper Bowl of Caring

Sunday, February 3rd

It is surprising to know that even in our seemingly affluent area, there are families who are hungry every day. The Youth Group and congregation are once again participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring. On February 3rd, the Youth will collect money (or you can make a donation directly at www.crosministries.org. Let’s help CROS Ministries serve the Hungry in our Communion.

From the Souper Bowl of Caring website: “Since 1990, young people have been leading the charge and inspiring others to collect dollars and food weeks leading up to the Big Game. Teaming up with local partners, these groups give 100% of donations to local charities, changing the nation’s largest weekend of football into the largest weekend of caring.”

Please contact Nancy Edwards or Rev. Betty Kniss for more for more information.


CROS Camp is a nine-week summer day camp program for children, who have completed kindergarten and just finished 8th grade, living in Title I zip codes (neighborhoods receiving federal funding for schools where at least 40% of the students are from families with low incomes) in Boynton Beach and Lake Worth. Our camp program promotes school readiness, ensuring proper nutrition, and guaranteeing a safe nurturing place for campers to call “home” during the day. CROS Campers receive lunch, and snacks daily from Palm Beach County’s Summer BreakSpot program and breakfast as needed. Camp activities include: laying the foundation of Christian morals and values, on site or off-site field trips, academics, music, sports, arts and  crafts.

For more information, please contact, Emily Zarzycki, Summer Camp Director at 561-233-9009 ext 102 or see the webpage: crosministries.org

CROS Ministries Food Pantry volunteers are needed on Monday for the Riviera Beach location. You can volunteer once a week or once a month.

Volunteers arrive 8:30-9:00, fill grocery bags with non-perishable foods and distribute bags to clients, after they have been checked in by our computer volunteers. Must be able to lift 15-20 pounds. Finished by noon. The Food Pantry is located at the Dept.of Families & Children Offices, Port Commerce Building, Congress Ave. & MLK Blvd. For further information, contact Nancy Edwards or Ethel Logan. We volunteer on Monday and would love to have you join us. Volunteering is fun!!

We believe that to be successful in addressing hunger, the community must come together. For 38 years, CROS has brought people of different faiths, civic groups, and members of our community to work together effectively towards the common goal of ending hunger in our county. With limited staff, we utilize the talents of more than 3,000 volunteers to operate our programs. Using volunteers keeps our costs down which allows us to be open numerous days/week. All services are provided free of charge without regard to race, religion, national origin, marital status, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

Yearly activities and important tasks:

  • December: Christmas collection to Gifts of Hope
  • December through May: Gleaning
    April: Annual fund raiser (Old School Square)
  • May: Postman’s Food Drive (Participate)June through
  • August: Day Camps for elementary and middle school students from low income families.
  • October: Annual “End Hunger Walk” in West Palm Beach.

You can help by volunteering to serve at food pantries or at the C.R.O.S. office; donating food or money or gleaning produce.

Website: http://www.crosministries.org

Contact to volunteer:
Juanita Bryant Goode, Director of Engagement
Email: jgoode@crosministries.org

Contact to donate:
Gibbie Nauman, Dir. of Develop. & Community Relations
Email: gnauman@crosministries.org

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