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  • Food Pantry & Composting!

    NEW PROJECT FOR THE FOOD PANTRY

    The Food Pantry has recently added a new project. We have started composting!Compost worms

    Composting is the environmentally healthy practice of returning to the earth, in the form of enhanced dirt, non edible fruit and vegeta- bles. It is in line of what we are called to do as Christians.... to be good stewards of the earth and care for her creatures great and small.

    The two drum composters at the church, outdoors by the Food Pan- try doors, are filled with cut up fruit and vegetables from Kroger that are not edible. Those items (green stuff) have been chopped up and added to the drums along with leaves (brown stuff) and dirt at a 1 to 3 ratio. Two of our volunteers have added worms to the mix to help with breaking down the products.

    The compost is made by "cooking" the drums in the sun and turning them several times a week which advances the break down of the items inside. No meat or dairy products are added because they draw animals which we don't need or want. Depending on the sun and other factors, the compost is usually ready in 6-8 weeks, but that is not an exact science!

    All compost made will be added to the existing gardens at the church and worked into the soil. It is a win-win situation for all of us, a simple, and right thing to do.

  • HUNGER HAS NO VACATION

    Many of us will be away during the upcoming summer weeks, enjoying time with family and friends. However, those who are struggling to feed their families, continue to need our help.

    Summer breaks give our food pantry ministry a number of challenges.

    Because many who bring food donations every Sunday to restock our pantry shelves are away at various times during the summer, the shelves can become empty very quickly.

    Here are some suggestions of how you can help:

    1) If you plan to away on Sunday, consider bringing an extra item of non-perishable food before you leave. Ideas are protein items, like pasta, pasta sauce, boxed macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, fruit or vegetables and healthy cereals.

    2) Even if you are not away, consider adding an extra item to your usual donation to make up for the summer shortfall.

    3) Do you have 2 hours/month to volunteer in the pantry? Could that possibly be a calling for you? There are lots of opportunities Monday - Thursday each week. Many of our dedicated volunteers will be taking vacation time in the next few months, as well.

    We will continue to assist families from Carver and Greenfield during the summer, and plans are being developed to help children in need that are in the Chesterfield County Summer School program at Midlothian Middle School this year.

    Added to that are families in our own community who are in need of help with food. As always, on behalf of all the families we continue to serve, a heartfelt thank you for your continuing support of the Food Pantry here at St. Matthias. We couldn’t do what we do without your help......and the faithfulness of many wonderful volunteers.

    If you are interested in being involved with the Food Pantry ministry, please contact:

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    We are the “Hands and Feet of Christ”

  • YOUNG MEN ON A MISSION

    IMG 4527The St. Matthias Food Pantry was the recipient of a service project from a group of Providence Middle School students. They have titled their group "_YOUNG MEN ON A MISSION_". These students are chosen each year because of their grades and their leadership, and are recommended by their teachers. None of them knew each other at the beginning of the school year, but have now formed a "_brotherhood_" doing service projects to help those less fortunate in their community. They had collected 10 large boxes of food over the past few weeks and brought them to our Food Pantry to help with providing food for families in the community that are food insufficient.

    IMG 4532What a pleasure it was to welcome them to St. Matthias and help them understand how much their efforts mean to so many others!

     

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