“…I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” –
“The neat part about Warrenton is that it’s a real community,” says Bob Meceda, who usually delivers the breakfast sandwiches made every third Sunday in the Saint James’ kitchen. People begin lining up a half hour before doors open at Warrenton UMC, where volunteers there have made coffee. The origin of the sandwiches is anonymous. They are there for anyone who needs a healthy breakfast – no one is turned away.
Greg Arthaud got himself through college by working the morning shift at McDonalds, so he knows a thing or two about cracking eggs. For the past seven years, Greg has spent his time in the Saint James’ kitchen most months on the third Saturday, prepping breakfast sandwiches for local residents who might not otherwise have a healthy meal on a Saturday morning.
facts and needs
- The next sandwich-making day is Saturday, January 21st at 7:00am.
- This ministry operates year-round on the third Saturday of each month.
- Volunteers prepare ten-dozen breakfast sandwiches.
- We always need volunteers!
- This is a great ministry for the whole family to get involved.
- The sandwiches are distributed at via .
- If you are interested in helping prepare sandwiches, contact .
Through the time and talents of Greg and many other volunteers from Saint James’, the parish has contributed almost ten-thousand sandwiches to the distribution efforts of , the non-profit that works closely with government agencies, civic organizations, businesses, and churches in the county to get food to those who need it.
That consistency has allowed for relationships to grow and people from disparate walks of life to connect; many of the volunteers making coffee and distributing food at Warrenton UMC have been doing so for years, and this program has brought together organizations that would rarely interact otherwise. High-school students join in the effort with the Rotary Club, working alongside local churches of all denominations and local government agencies and individuals who just want to be involved.
Local farmers sometimes bring their produce for distribution. People bring in clothes and coats to give away, and what isn’t needed in Fauquier is taken to DC to give to homeless people there.
“That’s the neat part,” says Bob, “it’s a community effort. It’s ecumenical.”
And the need is there. The line at the distribution center begins forming a half hour before the doors open, even when it’s frigid. Many of the people in line are families. If there are sandwiches left over at the end of the morning, volunteers take them to local residents who can’t leave their home.
Ultimately, Greg says: “It’s a good thing. It’s a healthy sandwich.”