For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink … (Matt.25:35)
Our parish participates in a charitable program developed by the North Clackamas School District, called Backpack Buddies.The goal is to assist students whose families cannot always afford food. Such students receive free school lunches on school days. Backpack Buddies provides them with lunches on weekends as well. Classroom teachers know who these students are. Food donations are sought from churches or community groups, to be delivered to a particular elementary school each Thursday. Then on Friday, the classroom teacher discreetly slips some food into the knapsack of the needy student. Our parish is assisting students at nearby Bilquist Elementary School.
Volunteers are needed to purchase food, assemble the lunches, and deliver the lunches. Financial donations are also needed; they may be made out to the church, specifying Backpack Buddies fund. If you would like to help, please contact coordinator Lori Jensen. (If you do not have her contact information, please contact the church office to leave a message for her.)
Saint Francis Dining Hall
St. Francis Dining Hall is a ministry in the basement of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. For nearly three decades its mission has been to, “serve a meal to people in need, in dignity and peace”. Year-round, it offers hot meals Sunday through Friday, as well as offering a day shelter for homeless people..
On every third Sunday of the month, Church of the Annunciation volunteers help to serve meals at St. Francis Dining Hall (330 SE 11th Avenue, Portland) from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Individuals and families are welcome to join in this ministry. (Children should be old enough to be able to carry a tray of food by themselves.) For more information, please contact Brigid Gerard. (If you do not have Brigid’s contact information, please send your message to the church office, who can forward it to her.)
Human Solutions -- Saturday Lunches for the Homeless
Homeless families are one of the fastest growing segments of the population. Here in Portland, there is a shelter network that is a unique collaboration between Human Solutions, a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping people escape poverty, and more than 30 area churches. Some of the participating churches take turns providing overnight shelter for homeless families. During the day, these people may go to the Daybreak Center day shelter, located in the basement of Peace Church of the Brethren, at SE 127th Avenue and Market. This day shelter is open seven days a week and offers homeless families a full size kitchen, showers, laundry facilities, internet, phones, and both indoor and outdoor play areas for children.
Volunteers from our parish have delivered lunches to the people at Daybreak Center one Saturday a month. It takes no more than two hours on a Saturday to make and to deliver lunches to the Daybreak Center. The cost per Saturday is about $75 to feed 35 people. One person purchases the food the day before. If you find it in your heart to be involved with this ministry, please call Karen Barton. (If you do not already have her contact information, you may contact the church office and leave a message for her.)