Church PR nightmare: Mashed potatoes should have gone to homeless, not for your 'food fight'

Uh-oh.  Sometimes you can’t win.

Like when a church did a fall kick-off for their student ministries.

Fun stuff!  A couple of the attractions for the youth

1.  A banana split slip n’ slide

2. A food fight with flour bombs, instant mashed potatoes, spaghetti noodles and eggs.

Except for one thing.

People could’ve eaten that food.


Here’s the apology letter printed in the local paper:

To the editor:

Sunday evening, Aug. 25 started our fall kickoff for our students in grades 6-12 at Kish Valley Grace Brethren Church. There was giant Jenga, cornhole, kickball, banana split slip n’ slide and a food fight with flour bombs, instant mashed potatoes, spaghetti noodles and eggs. The activities were a tool to bring 50-plus students from our community and their parents to our church and allow us to connect with and possibly share our faith.

There was some concern in the Open Line that we were being wasteful and setting up bad habits for our students and depriving food banks from food. The food that was used was either donated, from Ollie’s or expired and the total amount spent was close to $23. Our church is always willing to help those in need. Also, we had a chance to go to “Hands of Grace” this summer with some students to expose them to this wonderful ministry and allow them to serve those in the community. We are planning to go back soon.

We apologize for causing confusion about our activity and we want to continue to encourage and volunteer at the many food banks and ministries in our county. If there are any further questions please feel free to call us at 667- 2500 or visit us online at

So… what do you think?  Stupid idea, or great fun?



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