Our December food pantry served 912 people

Peggy Enriquez offers hot dogs to our food pantry neighbors.

Peggy Enriquez offers hot dogs to our food pantry neighbors.

Our Christmas food pantry was held Dec. 20 and we served  281  families.

Food Pantry coordinator Brian Good writes, “The total number of people served was 912, including 326 children and 101 seniors.  It was a record number of families, exceeding last month’s record of 222.  To put it in context, last December we served approximately 170 families.

“Of course, the people of St. Matthew’s gave generously, donating enough toiletries for ALL of our neighbors. Many thanks to Debbi Rodahaffer for taking charge of the toiletry operation from start to finish.

Fortunately, it was a loaves and fishes kind of day. Everything stretched – toiletries, food and shopping bags (barely). There were also many wonderful moments of human connection that exemplified the meaning of this season.”

Our rector Kelly Kirby adds, “St. Matthew’s is collecting plastic and paper bags to replenish food pantry bag supply.  Please place your empty grocery bags in the coat closet in the narthex.”

The crowd was big but there was plenty of food for our neighbors at the Dec. food pantry.

The crowd was big but there was plenty of food for our neighbors at the Dec. food pantry.

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