Thomas Food Project

Thomas Food Project The Thomas Food Project is a series of programs for sustainable methods for transitioning humanitarian relief to humanitarian assistance and ultimately self reliance.

Thank all of you that supported the Easter Family Dinner program. We were able to distribute over 20 family packs
04/05/2018

Thank all of you that supported the Easter Family Dinner program. We were able to distribute over 20 family packs

James Lazarre Thomas Food Project manager in Haiti and leader of New Vision for Better life in Haiti is having a Christm...
12/25/2017

James Lazarre Thomas Food Project manager in Haiti and leader of New Vision for Better life in Haiti is having a Christmas party today with his kids club. I love this young man and cherish all the time I get to spend with him. He truly is a beautiful person through and through. Merry Christmas

Bonjour bon zanmi!  I am so glad to be home and with my church members as we face needs from around the world. Our churc...
10/17/2017

Bonjour bon zanmi! I am so glad to be home and with my church members as we face needs from around the world.
Our church is very much in need to assist our friends and fellow Californians, Texans, Floridians and Puerto Ricans.

I also know that we will respond from where we are, with what we have, and do it when we can. I appreciate the many prayers and good thoughts while in Haiti for 30days. Many of you have responded to the needs in Haiti with incredible gifts of donations and time. Thank you once again for your love and support of the Thomas Food Project.

The 30 days began with the at the same time a Hurricane was devastating Puerto Rico.

The 1st team arrived from Virginia but only stayed for 3 days. They accomplished as much as they could with what they had. Repairing Bio-Sand Filters and installing new ones. The team decided not to ride out the Hurricane and left after 3 days. We were very fortunate that the Hurricane went north and did not hit Haiti. However it did rain a lot.

The 2nd team consisted of Doctor Sue Doty from Texas. She provided check-ups of the school kids and faculty. She also gave check up to our staff and many community members. HollyAnn Melton joined her and is the mentor for our cook Staff Manager Ginette Ocean. Ginette will be the Bakery Staff manager . They worked on product ideas and recipes. She and I visited the main Restaurant Supply Company in Port Au Prince.

The 3rd team was an Engineer, Zachary Harris from Richmond California. He worked on a portable design to pump water to a school on a hill 2400 feet way using small pump connected to a car battery.

Hurricane and all it was a good productive 30 days. We began discussions on Haitian investment in to the Bakery as well as partnering with another business. We attended meetings with BNC a Haitian bank. The bakery is slated to be operational in 2019.

What a great weekend in Clovis CA. Ginger and I drove down and stayed Saturday night. Had great Mexican food in Old Town...
08/01/2017

What a great weekend in Clovis CA. Ginger and I drove down and stayed Saturday night. Had great Mexican food in Old Town Clovis. Sunday we were hosted by the Clovis United Methodist Church. They let me speak at 2 services (6yr history and the Bakery), an Adult Sunday School class (Mission opportunities) and a luncheon (Bakery info )
These are really great people. It is people like these that makes the lives of others better. This church has sent 2 teams, one of 14 people including youth. I look forward to hosting them in the future.

06/26/2017

Fall Missions to Haiti
Cost: $650 Mission Expense: Housing, Meals and In-Country Transportation. Airfare not included
Limited Space is available on all the the following teams.
Sept 17-26: Virginia Community and School Support Team.
Sept 26 -Oct 4: Medical Team, Community Support Teams, Bakery Research
Oct 4 - 10: Pennsylvania Community and School Support Team.

What a good week. I spent time with some wonderful people and their hospitality was awesome. It is such a beautiful and ...
05/29/2017

What a good week. I spent time with some wonderful people and their hospitality was awesome. It is such a beautiful and historic part of our country. I want to spend more time exploring. Thanks to my hosts from the bottom of my heart. Mesi bon zanmis. Renmen ou gwo.

Finished Basket Ball Court @ IMEC school.
04/19/2017

Finished Basket Ball Court @ IMEC school.

I am glad to be home after 30 days of a hard working and productive series of Mission teams that installed and Up Dated ...
03/20/2017

I am glad to be home after 30 days of a hard working and productive series of Mission teams that installed and Up Dated all the computers, installed New Server Technology called Internet in a Box (HAIIB), built and installed 11 BioSand Filters, replaced roof, Re-plumbed the main Water Tanks and added a new pump, provided classes on Biblical history on where Jesus walked. Gave discussions on Revelations. Trained teachers on new curriculum for the HAIIB server. What a great group of people. Next Missions are scheduled for Sept Oct.

I will leave for Haiti soon and begin hosting  this month and next month teams and individuals from Pennsylvania and Cal...
02/12/2017

I will leave for Haiti soon and begin hosting this month and next month teams and individuals from Pennsylvania and California. They will be installing new technology for our computer labs. This technology is called Haitian Internet In A Box (HAIIB). It is a wireless server with a larger snapshot of Wikipedia, Kahn Academy and about 400 books. All in French Creole and English. The schools we serve do not have internet access or power and this is fine enough for school work. They also will be training 35 teachers in the use of the contents with curriculum we have had written by Clark Remington a retired professor of curriculum at Univ of Pittsburgh.
Others will focus on community research and maintenance for the guest house and schools. They all will install Bio-Sand Filters for the family homes in the area.
One individual (a Stanford Scholar) will give a travel log complete with slides on the Holy Land. Another individual will lead discussions on Revelations. It will be a very busy month but I am looking forward to it and the warm weather.

11/23/2016

If you are planning to make a year end charitable tax deductable donation I would like you to consider the Thomas Food Project.

We are beginning our 6th year with 6 schools and are serving 10,000 lunches a month. We plan to increase our lunches by 20,000 with the addition of two Solar Ovens for a Bakery. This bakery will also produce income for the school.
We are also applying clean water technologies for households.

Take a look at our FaceBook page or Google the Thomas Food Project for more in depth info than this post.

As you are planning your Christmas celebration with family and friends this year, I would ask that you please consider making a donation to Thomas Food Project as a means of expressing gratitude for the many blessings we all enjoy here in the United States. Your donation will help us in 2017. Meanwhile, we extend very warm wishes to you and yours for a Christmas season that reflects Christ’s love, and a healthy and happy 2017!

You can send your checks to 902 Danville Blvd, Alamo, CA 94507-2420. Mark checks Haiti Project.

10/10/2016

We are sending one of our water purifiers to an area affected by the hurricane. It will provide 1 gal per minute of clean water and runs.on a car battery. The Thomas Food Project is not a relief organization but we do this at least. If you feel inclined to donate please do so and I recommend it be to an organization already I here not some large organizations like Red Cross.

08/07/2016

2017 Teams are forming
Feb 28-Mar. 7,Mar 8-15, and Mar. 21-28

The price is $600 per person for a 7 day mission not including air transportation.

05/19/2016
News & Events - SRVUMC

Northern California Mission opportunity:
Northern CA mission trip to Weed CA, rebuilding homes destroyed by wildfires.

We will be taking a group of volunteers to the area to work on homes. We will travel to the area Saturday June 25, set up at the Mt Shasta Methodist Church (boarding, meal prep, showers, etc) on Sunday, and then Mon-Thurs 6/27 to 6/30 working on some of the homes. We will then return on Friday July 1. It is all organized for various work projects and assignments, including simple activities like gardening and painting...to full home construction. What is so neat according to the Lynwood/Asbury Methodist Churches out of Livermore is on all 3 homes they worked on when they were there the first week of May, the homeowners worked along side.

http://srvumc.org/news-events/ If you go to the link from our website, you'll see the project report from Lynwood/Asbury on their experience, then a few stories/entries below it, details on our project June 25-July 1.

A few members of Asbury UMC who participated in there week are going to join us for our week. Currently we have 7-8 people committed and we are looking to take a group of 12-15, so if some of your members are interested have them email ([email protected]) or call me 925-640-8799.

Larry Pasquale

VIM Weed 2016 Trip Report

04/06/2016

Teams are forming for this fall. Let us know if you would like to join a team. Mission is similar to that in the video below. Cost is $600 per person 7 days in country.

A team of 5 from 3 churches joined in mission. Their God given and acquired talents gave classes in math, science and ar...
03/31/2016

A team of 5 from 3 churches joined in mission. Their God given and acquired talents gave classes in math, science and art. They also taught 1st Aid and CPR to teachers and students. They built 2 Bio-Sand Filters for homes in the community. With their gifts and talents they made a difference in many lives and in some they will never met.

03/07/2016

Headed off today with great expectations of beginning Phase 3 of the Thomas Food Initiative. Many things to set in motion at the schools meetings to discuss ideas and plans. James Lazarre is now back in Haiti and will be meeting me at the airport in PaP. I will attempt to blog here the activities of the next month in Haiti. I always look forward to the feedback and comments from those reading the posts.

Two Teams are forming and space is available. Aug  29 - Sept 6  and Sept 7-  Sept 17  We will be working with teachers a...
02/19/2016

Two Teams are forming and space is available. Aug 29 - Sept 6 and Sept 7- Sept 17 We will be working with teachers and community members.
This is an educational and support mission. Cost is $600 plus airfare. Message us for more info and a mission packet

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all. The Thomas project had a very busy and successful year. We had teams in Jan t...
12/02/2015

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all.
The Thomas project had a very busy and successful year. We had teams in Jan to support and update our computer centers at the schools. They also updated the solar carts. In the spring we had a vision team that did over 700 eye exams and fitted glasses. We have been providing 10,000 meals a month for this past year and that is just for 2 schools. Our meal costs are less than 50 cents per lunch. $100 will feed a child for the school year. This year also welcomed teams in the fall that worked with teachers with hands on mathematics and science curriculum. They also gave a class on how to build a Biosand Water Filter. Political and Civil unrest greeted the next team and the medical mission with Dr. Sue Doty and Robbie Rolgolfi a language intern was cut short. The Next team was postponed until this spring. The Biosand Water filter project is under field testing with the projects staff. We received a kind donation to build about 100 of them. We have a Tech team scheduled this coming Jan/Feb time frame.

We would appreciate you taking a child to lunch. You can send your check marked for Haiti Project to:

San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church
902 Danville Blvd, Alamo, CA 94507 · 925-837-5243

10/23/2015

A recent Mission

October in ThomasI showed Ginette how to make Apple Roses. We made the dough and used Guava Jam instead of Apricot. They...
10/19/2015

October in Thomas
I showed Ginette how to make Apple Roses. We made the dough and used Guava Jam instead of Apricot. They turned out very Yummy! Vanite Moreau

These are beautiful and unique nativity. If you are interested in one of these please message me. They will be delivered...
09/29/2015

These are beautiful and unique nativity.

If you are interested in one of these please message me. They will be delivered to you in November.
$40 plus postage

HI all. I am headed back to Haiti in Oct for the month. I and our staff will greet and host quite a few that are coming ...
08/31/2015

HI all. I am headed back to Haiti in Oct for the month. I and our staff will greet and host quite a few that are coming to provide help to those we serve.
Some have been before some never. Several you may know that has joined me there before is Sue Doty. She along with Eddyson one of our interpreters will travel to Hinche. It is our remote school and is about a 6 hour RT so she will be staying for a couple of days performing check-ups for the students, faculty and community. Dave Coombs will join one team late month to teach Bibical classes to ministers and community. Another you may know is Robbie Rigolfi who is a recent U of AZ. He will stay a month and be teaching English as a 2nd language to our staff and school faculty. A team will work on classroom projects in math and science and capital improvement to one of our kitchens. Another group will install a rain catch system at one school and also do classroom math and science projects. We are carrying in around 1000 dresses lovingly made by members of local UMCs. Additional reading glasses (200+) will also travel with teams and will be distributed by our staff.

Our next TFP Mission team met last night. They are Nine people, 3 Men and 6 Women, that comprise the team from Dixon Cal...
08/04/2015

Our next TFP Mission team met last night. They are Nine people, 3 Men and 6 Women, that comprise the team from Dixon California United Methodist Church. The team will be in mission at 3 of our 6 schools schools.

I delivered a duffle bag each full of clothing , Water Purifier, tools and other sundry items. Dresses were made by members at Grace Untied Methodist church in San Ramon California.

Assignments were made for the educational part of the mission. Interactive Classroom hands-on projects in Science, Math, Crafts, and

The team will be making Bio-Sand Filters for community households.

Other tasks will include community research and various guest house improvements.

08/03/2015

If you would like info on what it is like to go on a mission with us to Haiti please let us know by message us. We are forming teams for 2016.

We are excited about this coming Fall. We have many things going on. There will be teams from Dixon California, Arlingto...
07/29/2015

We are excited about this coming Fall. We have many things going on. There will be teams from Dixon California, Arlington Virginia. The will concentrate on 3 schools. They will conduct classroom science and math lessons., build a new play yard and basketball courts at one school, build rain catch and water filter systems for the community families. A doctor from Texas providing student and community health checks at one of the remote schools and a new school.A biblical scholar will join me in late Oct will teach classes on Biblical Archaeology and other topics for the ministers and community. An Intern from the Univ. Ariz will be in country with me for the month. He will be teaching English to our staff, teachers and community members. I will be there for the Month of Oct until mid November.

There will be Mission teams in the the Thomas Project schools Oct 6- Nov 3. These teams will provide classroom lessons a...
06/23/2015

There will be Mission teams in the the Thomas Project schools Oct 6- Nov 3. These teams will provide classroom lessons and hands on experiments and projects such as building a sundial and other science experiments. They will also give classes to residence in the village on how to make bio water sand filters. The filters cost $50 each to build but are large enough for families. The water source is an irrigation canal and it is quite dirty. These sand filters improve the drinking water where this will take place. If you wish to donate you can make your check out to the Thomas Project Designate Water Sand Filters in the memo line.
San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church
902 Danville Blvd, Alamo, CA 94507 ·
925-837-5243

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