Episcopal Congregations Assist Local Food Pantries for Christmas

Immediate release 12/21/2015                                                 

Episcopal Congregations Assist Local Food Pantries for Christmas

(St. Charles, Missouri) – Three Episcopal congregations assisted St. Charles County food pantries by supporting the "Feed the Need" Food Drive. The program was managed by Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Charles and identified local pantry needs for Christmas Family Dinners and solicited donations from local church congregations.

The program was able to fulfill the need for all of the major food pantries in St. Charles County. Over $4,200 was raised and was used to purchase 115 Christmas Dinner Boxes that were distributed to the food pantries. Each box contained a complete Christmas Dinner that feeds 8 to 10 people. Each box included a roasting hen, spiral ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, biscuits, macaroni & cheese and a desert.

The food was purchased through Smart Choice Foods – a wholesale supplier that offers quality food through faith-based organizations. Volunteers from the participating churches volunteered time to distribute the food to the pantries.

Congregations that participated in the program included Trinity Episcopal Church – St. Charles, St. Stephens Episcopal Church – Ferguson, Church of the Transfiguration – Lake St. Louis, Emmanuel United Church of Christ – Weldon Spring and Church of St. Cletus – St. Charles.

Volunteers from Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Charles, Missouri helped distribute 115 Christmas Family Dinners to local food pantries in the area. In total, enough food was distributed to feed over eleven hundred people.

Members of Trinity Episcopal Church volunteered their time to distribute 115 Christmas Family Dinners to food pantries in St. Charles County, Missouri.  Each box included a complete Christmas Dinner for 8 to 10 people.


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Contact: Beth Felice, 314-398-2209
Communications Director, Diocese of Missouri

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The Mission of the Diocese of Missouri is the mission of all baptized Christians: to teach and to spread the Gospel and its knowledge of salvation to all people; and to make the love of Christ known in the world through our own actions as individuals, as congregations, and as the Diocese, by feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, housing the homeless, caring for the sick, visiting the prisoner, and comforting those in times of trouble.Adopted at the 154th Convention, February 1994.


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