Dear Parishioners:

 

“For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…” Mathew 25:35

 

I am writing to let you know about a new ministry that we are beginning here at our church. The name of the ministry is Agape Meals for Kids.

 

The concept is simple. For many students here on Long Island, school lunch on Friday is the last meal that they will receive until Monday morning when they return to school. That would be 68 hours of hunger for a child to experience over the weekend every weekend. Agape Meals for Kids will give our parish community an opportunity to come together to address some of that urgent need.

 

We will be delivering food bags containing 7 meals in non-perishable, kid friendly, easy to open packaging to a participating school district with a particularly high need. These bags will be discreetly distributed by the school staff to those children who have been identified as at risk of weekend hunger and have opted into the ministry program.

 

Currently we have committed to providing weekend meals to 150 children consistently each week throughout the school year starting on Friday, December 3rd, 2021. We truly believe that this program can be a most rewarding community outreach. We must all become involved by donating food, money to purchase food, sponsoring a child for the school year and by volunteering to pack up the bags and deliver the bags on Friday mornings to the school district we are partnering with.

 

Let us all come together to show God’s love and a glimpse of hope to hungry children and that our church is a place of Faith, Love and Hope.

 

For information on how to volunteer or contribute please call Irene Michalos at 631-474-8063 (Home) or 631-245-2569 (Cell).

 

God Bless You,

 

Irene Michalos

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