April 2013 Overview of St. Tim's involvement with feeding ministries

1. Rice Bagging: Each month parishioners gather, either on a Friday evening or a Sunday after church, to bag 300 lbs. of white rice into plastic bags, each containing one cup of rice. The rice is then delivered to the Trinity Food Pantry in St. Louis.

2. Boiled Eggs: Each month the young people at St. Timothy's participate in boiling 36 dozen eggs which are delivered to the Cathedral for their Breakfast Program. This activity will be suspended for the duration of the construction at St. Timothy's because of the loss of use of the kitchen, but we anticipate that it will resume in the fall when the building is completed.

3. Garden: Each summer a group of parishioners volunteer to plant, tend and harvest a common garden with the food produced going to the Circle of Concern Food Pantry in Valley Park. This is the third year for the garden and because of construction, this year's garden will be planted on the property of one of our parishioners. It will return to the Church property when construction is completed.

4. Peace Meal at St. John's: Four times a year, 6-10 parishioners volunteer to go to St. John's on Arsenal Street in St. Louis to prepare and serve the Saturday evening meal which that Church offers to it's neighborhood.

5. Food Pantry Collection: Each month the Church holds a parish wide food collection, with parishioners bringing to Church various items of non-perishable food items and also personal care items, which are then distributed to a food pantry. We alternate months with Circle of Concern in Valley Part and Trinity Food Pantry on Euclid Avenue in St. Louis.

6. Thanksgiving Food Collection for Circle of Concern: During the month of November the Church sponsors a collection of non-perishable food items which are associated with making a family Thanksgiving Dinner, and also collects cash donations to assist Circle with the purchase of perishable foods. These items are picked up by Circle and taken to a location where they are sorted and packaged for distribution.

7. World Food Day: In October volunteers from the parish join with hundreds of adults and young people in the St. Louis area to participate in the World Food Day Event which has been previously held at the Danforth Plant Science Center and John Burroughs School. Fortified rice and soy protein is bagged by teams of 10-12 participants, and is distributed to areas in Africa. This coming year the food will be going to a school based program for children in Tanzania. Participants register and pay a fee which helps to offset the cost of materials and delivery. In the past, St. Timothy's has been represented by 2 to 3 teams.

8. Monetary Contributions: Two times a year, each parishioner receives a letter from St. Timothy's requesting a cash contribution for the Trinity Food Ministry in the Central West End in St. Louis. Money is collected in the plate and the Church forwards it to Trinity.

submitted by Ann Schweiss
more on the Health and Hunger team, Outreach ministry at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Creve Coeur at http://www.saint-tims.org/