Feeding Area Children, Families and Seniors
St. Mary’s partners with Second Harvest Heartland to provide nutritional food and fresh produce to thousands of children, families and seniors throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Every dollar donated to this program provides enough food for three meals, and 94% of every donation goes directly to serving those who are hungry.
All people deserve to eat, regardless of the choices they’ve made or the hands they were dealt in life. No one can grow, maintain good health or reach their full potential if they are hungry. A surprising number of our neighbors are doing something they never imagined – visiting a food shelf for the first time in their lives. Studies show 1 in 10 of our neighbors goes to bed hungry each day. Hunger impacts working families, children, seniors, and even college students. Food insecurity is a growing problem. St. Mary’s is committed to helping relieve hunger in our communities.
First Nations Kitchen
First Nations Kitchen is a ministry of All Saints’ Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis and has been serving healthy, organic, traditional indigenous food in a welcoming, family environment every Sunday evening since 2008.
In the First Nations Kitchen model, volunteers prepare different entrées each week. Guests choose which entrée they would like. Those volunteers who prepare and serve the meal are welcome to eat with the guests. In this way, participation becomes interaction and relationships can begin to develop.
Dinner prep starts at 1:30 pm and clean-up usually ends before 7:30 pm. We will share the various duties with St. Luke’s – Minneapolis congregation, splitting either prep time (1:30 – 3:30 pm) or serving time (5 – 7:30 pm) with members from St. Luke’s.
St. Mary’s is signed up for either a food-prep shift or a serving shift at First Nations Kitchen on the following dates in 2020 (2021 schedule pending):
- February 23 — Prep: starts at 1:30 pm
- April 19, — Serve: starts at 4 pm
- August 23 — Prep: starts at 1:30
- October 25 — Serve: starts at 4 pm
Let Deacon Maureen know if you are interested in participating in this ministry. Add the dates to your calendar now. She’ll send out reminders as well.
Avancez: Haiti Scholarship Program
St. Mary’s is actively engaged in an ongoing Mission Partnership with the Society of St. Margaret, an Episcopal Religious Order, to help sustain a scholarship program for children and young people in Haiti who otherwise would be forced to drop out of school for lack of ability to pay even minimal fees. Haitian children are not provided with free, public education as we are in the United States. These scholarships support any child in any school that is in danger of having to drop out because they cannot pay the modest fees required to continue their education.
Since the 2010 earthquake and its aftermath, this Scholarship Program has become a major pastoral and outreach mission. Education is a precious privilege – the door to the future for Haiti and Haiti’s children. The cost of tuition from pre-school to the end of secondary school varies from $250 to $1000 US dollars per child per year. St. Mary’s Church has donated over $5000 to help transform the lives of Haitian children and bring them the gift of hope.