HOT MEAL MINISTRY1
We rejoiced to see the warm and immediate response of our Churchfamily to our call for a renewal of support for the Hot Meal Ministry for a fourth year.
Some questions were raised about this Ministry that should be answered:
- I've been donating ever since Hot Meal Ministry started; do I still need to turn in a pledge? Yes, we need to know how much support we can count on during the coming year so we can use our resources wisely.
- How can you afford to feed people for $1.00 or less per meal? It isn't easy, but we have some wonderful recipes which are not only economical but also tasty and nutritious. We constantly strive to find the best possible bargains. We're fortunate enough to receive donations of tomato products from Hunt Foods and bread from St. Vincent de Paul. And such items as condiments, plasticware and paper supplies are provided by a "common fund" which came from fundraisers and from donations such as the Disney Corporation grant.
- How are we able to supply diapers, formula and baby food for each baby? Originally, Paula Todd2 and a few friends at the Christian Church provided these items themselves. As the number of babies increased, they asked the other churches to help out. We have bought several cases of baby food when we've been able to do so. Paula also received donations of diapers from the Kimberly Clarke Company. We will continue to help as much as we can, depending on your generosity.
- Can I donate food? All donations are welcome. If you wish to contribute ingredients for a future meal, see Chuck or Jeanette Carey in advance. Such donated items as turkeys and homemade desserts have been a welcome part of past meals. If you have fruit or vegetables from your garden, you may bring them to the Christian Church any Monday.
- How else can I help? With cold weather approaching, many of our guests will be in need of warm sweaters, jackets and shoes. Clothing may be dropped off on Mondays also.
A big thank you to Barbara and John Leonard who answered our call for a car seat for Bianca,3 one of our Hot Meal Ministry guests. We received offers from many other Churchfamily members to donate or buy car seats for her. Bianca has enjoyed coming to Children's Outreach Ministry at our Church this summer along with her brothers William and Jesse, by the way.
"Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me..." — Matthew 25
In the early years of Hot Meal Ministry, we conducted a fundraising campaign each summer to obtain commitments for the coming twelve months. In recent years, these campaigns have become unnecessary because a local business, Griswold Industries, makes large, regular donations to this, and other, OUMC ministries. If this generous outside support should cease, would we be able to keep this ministry going by relying, once again, on the support of our OUMC congregation?
2 Paula Todd
(1940-2004) founded Hot Meal Ministry in 1993.
Little Bianca Solares
is now 21 years old and living in the San Bernardino area. She and her older brothers, William and Jesse, were regular attendees of Orangethorpe Learning Center, and her mother Marķa
was an OLC leader.
Footnotes written March 2015 by CWC.