Archive for February, 2008

Donations Information

February 26, 2008

Lots of inquiries have come in about how people can help. Donations may be mailed to:

Triumph CDC, 1312 Franklin Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32206. Pastor Criswell doesn’t have anything like Paypal or credit card capabilities yet, so it’ll have to be in check form. Thanks! – Suzanne Yack


Be the Loaf Campaign for Children in the news

February 26, 2008

EMILY BARNES/The Times-Union Pastor Moses Criswell of Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ stands with Howard Ford, 7, a participant in the after-school program at the Eastside church.Thanks to columnist Charlie Patton of the Florida Times-Union, Pastor Moses Criswell and Be the Loaf Campaign for Children was featured Feb. 26, 2008 on the front of the Metro section. Nice job, Charlie, capturing how Moses has worked 12 years to become an overnight sensation.

We welcome all help to the Be the Loaf Campaign for Children. This is all about how everyone can pitch in just a little bit more to ensure children are educated, fed and safe, no matter what neighborhood they live in.

Taste Memory chef makes pretzels with kids

February 23, 2008

Behind every thriving and joyful child is a loving, caring adult.

On Feb. 22, 2008, Inga Brunnett, founder and creative force behind Taste Memory,  was that loving and caring adult who worked with children making homemade pretzels in the modest sanctuary basement of Triumph the Church in East Jacksonville, Florida.

The culinary expert dusted the Formica countertop with flour, rolled out the dough
and showed children how to twist it into both classic and innovative pretzel shapes,
then brush an egg wash over the top and pop it in the oven for a few minutes.

The smell of baking bread wafted through the church basement, where
children drop in every day for tutoring, snacks and mentoring.

When the pretzels were golden, the children then were able to eat the fruits
of their own labor.

What a great way to end a busy week in East Jacksonville.

And a good way for children to get away from the gunfire and terror of the streets
in the neighborhood, where yellow crime-scene tape is a regular part
of the landscape.

Inga Brunnett makes pretzels with children.

Be the Loaf Campaign launches

February 16, 2008


Crime-fighting Pastor Calls for Unusual Donation: Bread Making Machines

For Immediate Release

Contact: Suzanne Yack

Feb. 18, 200469


– A pastor who offers a safe sanctuary and tutoring for children on Jacksonville’s low-income north side is asking the community for donations of good, usable bread-making machines.

Pastor Moses Criswell was rebuffed by a major bakery-coffeehouse chain when he requested day-old bread to help his after-school program at Triumph Community Development Corp., 1312 Franklin Street. He turned to Scripture for advice on getting more children to come and study after school – an after-school snack is essential to ensure attendance.

“All children need some sort of after-school care,” said Criswell, who has become known in his neighborhood for taking on thugs and street-sold drugs. “We have to break the cycle of poverty and crime through education. But growing children need an after-school snack.”

“We realize that Panera Bread Company can’t help every nonprofit that asks for help, but out on these streets, children are fighting for their lives,” he said of the neighborhood where shootings have become commonplace.

That’s how Criswell’s “Be the Loaf” campaign started – realizing that the community could assist. Donated bread machines* will be put into service at the after-school program to create nutritious after-school sandwich bread for up to 100 children.

To be part of the “Be the Loaf” campaign and donate your bread making machine contact Suzanne Yack, 904-737-7469.

*Machines not used at the church will be auctioned to raise funds for peanut butter and jelly.