Foundational Principle #1
Common Cupboard is a pooled resource. The whole community is encouraged to pitch in to create this community resource. Those who use the cupboard as a means of serving others help keep it stocked through financial giving, as well as helping to run food drives as needed. Additionally, local faith communities will also support the cupboard through giving and occasional food drives. Lastly, local businesses, homeowners associations, schools and other community groups are encouraged to help keep the cupboard stocked.
Foundational Principle #2
The second principle is what we call “invisibility.” We strive to keep Common Cupboard in the background, ideally invisible to those we serve. Our desire is that people see a follower of Jesus or a local church congregation helping them. Therefore, we do not talk about an organization, food ministry or program. If asked, we say ‘My friends and I are glad we can help."
Foundational Principle #3
The third principle is serving in “such a way” that God’s love is demonstrated. We give with no strings attached. We eliminate the institutional and emphasize the relational. There are no forms for a person in need to fill out, no invasive questions and no lines to stand in. What there is, are some friends and neighbors wanting to demonstrate God’s love in a practical way. We have no agenda but to serve from a heart of love. We go as guests in the homes of the people we serve, serving them from the love of God. They lead us by asking questions. We are a listening ear and an encouraging friend, one who is ready when we are asked.