The “Buckets of Hope” ministry is just one means by which Baptists can fulfill the mandate of Jesus Christ to feed the hungry in the name of Jesus. As we are reminded in Matthew 25:45, Jesus tells us, “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” (KJV)
A “Bucket of Hope” consists of a plastic five-gallon bucket packed with selected foodstuffs. For approximately $30 anyone can purchase the materials and assemble a “Bucket of Hope.” The food contained in a single bucket will feed a Haitian family for a week. You are also requested to include a $10 cash contribution, placed in an envelope and attached to the lid of the bucket, to offset the cost of transporting the relief buckets to Haiti.
Every bucket must be exactly alike with a specific list of items inside. Please follow the detailed instructions¬† carefully. This will ensure that every bucket quickly passes through customs and into the hands of the Haitian people.
Put a bucket together and you can be a part in touching the loves of tens of thousands of Haitians. Please bring all buckets to the AMBA office by March 15.¬†
Instructions on How to Assemble “Buckets of Hope”
Every bucket must be exactly alike with a specific list of items inside. Please follow the detailed instructions carefully. This will ensure that every bucket quickly passes through customs and into the hands of the Haitian people.
The 5-gallon, white, plastic bucket with handle and form-fitting lid, which must be new and unused, can be purchased at Wal-Mart (sku# 00982650640) or Ace Hardware (Ace# 17714).¬† The bucket must not have a logo or other commercial imprint.
The Food Items
The food items can be generic, store brand items. Do not substitute any items listed and do not add additional items.
- 2 – 5-pound bags long grain enriched rice
- 1 – 48-ounce plastic bottle cooking oil
- 2 – 2-pound bags dry black beans (can substitute with red beans)
- 1 – 5-pound bag of all-purpose flour (not self-rising)
- 1 – 20-ounce cylinder container of granulated white sugar (coffee service size)
- 2 – 1-pound boxes of spaghetti noodles
- 1 – 2-pound 8-ounce (40 oz) plastic jar of smooth peanut butter
- 1 – 2-gallon plastic ziplock storage bag (used to wrap the bottle of cooking oil)
- Before you begin to pack the bucket, pray for the Haitian family that will receive the food.
- Lay the bucket on its side
- Place rice packages in the bucket. Lay bags side-by-side, flat, running in the direction from top to bottom in the bucket. Gently compress the bags (without breaking them) as flat as possible to create room for other items
- Place the bottle of oil inside a clean, unused 2-gallon storage bag
- Compress the air, wrap the excess portion of the bag tightly around the bottle, and close the bag. (This is a precaution to protect the foodstuffs should there be leakage or a break in the bottle during transport.)
- Lay the bottle of oil on top of the rice bags. Lay the wrapped oil container so that the bottom of the bottle is at the bottom of the bucket and approximately in the center of the bucket. Place the peanut butter jar on one side of the oil
- Place the cylinder of sugar on top of the wrapped oil bottle
- Place boxes of spaghetti noodles on the other side of the oil bottle
- While holding the sugar and peanut butter containers in place, stand the bucket upright
- Place one bag of black beans down along the side of the bucket next to the peanut butter
- Place the bag of flour on its side on top of the peanut butter, gently packing down the flour bag to clear the rim of the bucket
- Place second bag of black beans next to the flour
- Close the lid on the bucket and make sure it is securely closed
- Place $10 cash (bills only) into a business size (#10) or smaller envelope. Seal the envelope
- Securely tape the envelope to the lid of the bucket
- Take the Bucket of Hope to AMBA collection center before March 15, 2010.
Atlanta Metro Baptist Association
3070 Mercer University Dr
Atlanta GA 30341