Food Ministry

“Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.” –Isaiah 55:1-13

At least two thirds of the Diocese of Virginia’s congregations are involved in food ministry in some way.  Below this ministry is broken down into categories which in no way encompass all the ways we are feeding our neighbors. Click on the links to find out more about how individual parishes conduct their ministries.

Backpack Programs

Backpack Programs provide meals over the weekend for children on free or reduced lunch in elementary or middle school. These children get a backpack on Friday afternoons to take home which may be the only food they have until they return to school on Monday.

Community Dinners and Hot Meals

Congregations provide food, volunteers to cook and serve hot meals to those in need throughout the year.

1) St. Peter's, Arlington So Others May Eat (SOME) cook team; 2) St. David's, Ashburn Cooks for Christ team hard at work; 3) Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, Alexandria meal team.

 

Community Gardens

Parishes support a community garden where most of the food grown gets donated to local food banks.

 

1. A volunteer harvests the crop at All Souls', Mechanicsville; 2) Christ the King, Harrisonburg advertises their community garden; 3) Volunteers display their abundant harvest from Christ the King, Harrisonburg garden.

 

Food Baskets & Bagged Lunch Programs

Parishioners provide nourishment through a packed lunch to the homeless, shelters or the needy within their congregation.

 

Food Pantry

The following parishes have their own food pantry or food closet which serves those in need.

1) Holy Comforter, Richmond wheels out its donations; 2) St. Mark's, Richmond parishioner fills bags to have on hand for their food pantry; 3) St. Paul's Church-on-the-Hill, Winchester receives donations for its food pantry.

 

Meals on Wheels

This local organization allows parishioners to volunteer to take meals to homebound residents and provide a bit company to people who are often lonely.

 

Partnerships with Other Churches or Local Non-Profits

Many parishes support local food banks and other parishes support food ministries or non-profits through donations or volunteers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tell Us More 

Are you interested in getting involved with our feeding ministries?  Do you have an existing ministry or connection?  Send your comments to Buck Blanchard.