Categories: Outreach

Mission Kitchen – Feeding the Hungry in Elizabeth

St. Paul’s has prepared a hot meal on the fourth Sunday of every month for over 15 years for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Elizabeth. Many church mem-bers have donated food or money to support this important outreach pro-ject. Many of you have helped cook the meal. Families, the Youth Group, Girl Scout Troops and many more people have served the meal in Elizabeth. We serve food every month, rain or shine, even during Covid 19.

When the stay-at-home order was announced in mid-March, we knew that the hungry population would still need our monthly meal. Preparing and serving a hot meal as we usually do was not an option. We quickly requested monetary donations from parishioners and were amazed by your generosity. The donat-ed funds allowed us to provide meals on four Sundays spread out between March and May. Our first “meal” was a $10 McDonalds gift card. On the remain-ing three Sundays, we provided sub sandwiches which were purchased from a local Westfield restaurants. We were happy to support local businesses while providing a great meal at the same time.

Last Sunday was our first time to provide a meal made by our church members. Church members donated all of the food to make 160 amazing lunches. Members of St. John’s distributed the lunches at the front gate of St. John’s. Each bag contained 2 sandwiches, 2 bags of chips, a banana, an orange, 2 granola/protein bars, juice and a homemade dessert. Thank you to all the church members who donated. The volunteers at St. John’s are very appreciative of our support and for the awesome lunches. We will continue to make lunches until we are able to provide hot meals again. Thank you to all who support this ministry.