“Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted. When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, ‘Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.’ So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat. When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, ‘This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.'” [John 6:11-14]
Some of the food that is shared on Sundays
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The Incarnation Parish Food Ministry provides a weekly distribution of groceries, fresh bread, fresh produce, and assorted other items to parishioners in need, particularly those who are not eligible for government-funded food assistance, as well as to non-parishioner Hispanic families and to other families referred to us by local social service organizations. As of fall 2014, we are serving over 90 families on a regular (weekly or bi-weekly) basis.
Our Food Ministry is open on Sundays from 11am-1pm. Those in need of assistance are asked to go through a simple intake process at the time of their first visit and are guided through the process for getting food on a weekly or biweekly basis.
Setting up for Sunday’s distribution
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Your help is needed to ensure that families in our community do not go hungry! Here’s what you can do:
- Donate food items. See the document below for our most needed items.
- Donate coupons. We have several people who are “coupon-savvy” who are able to use these coupons to get great deals on foods that we can distribute.
- Donate old grocery bags (paper, plastic, and reusable). We use all of these items, and donations from parishioners mean that we can avoid the cost of purchasing them. It’s also a “green” option to reuse bags!
- Join our Food Ministry Team! There are varying levels of commitment with varying time requirements. We need people to bag food (about one hour, every six weeks), shop at Kroger (about two hours, every four to six weeks), pick up food from several community businesses that donate (limited time commitment, every four to six weeks), help with Sunday distribution (two to three hours, every four weeks), help with Sunday set-up or clean-up (one hour, every four weeks), help with Spanish-English interpretation (up to three hours, every four weeks). It is the commitment of our parishioners that makes this ministry possible for our parish and broader community.
- If you have children or grandchildren, please consider including them when you give of your time. This is a great opportunity to help our young people learn about serving those in need.
Two of our youth, Caroline and Steph, doing a monthly service project for the Food Ministry
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Please see the document below for more information about the most needed items. Contact our Coordinator of Justice & Charity in the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get involved with this ministry. Also, if you are an agency looking to refer a client to our Food Ministry, or if you are a member of our local community who is in need of food assistance, please contact us for more information and with questions.
“Eggs for Alms” – beautifully-decorated eggs distributed to our Food Ministry families at Easter
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Each week, we receive generous support from our community to help the Food Ministry. Loyal donors include Trader Joe’s, Bellair Farm CSA, and Chandler’s Bakery. We encourage you to give them your business and to extend a personal thank you for the generous amount of food that they offer to our ministry. We are also grateful to the Emergency Food Bank, which assists this ministry financially because of our outreach to the Latino members of our regional community.
Kristen, Tom, and Fanny on a visit to Bellair Farm CSA