Food for Friends

“A gift anonymously given from the heart…and gratefully and anonymously accepted by folks in true need.” 

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Fr Ben Maas, Anna Maas and Sabrina Borgstrom prepare bread for the Fauquier Community Food Bank in November 2013.

Join us in serving the nutritional needs of people in our community! There are several major facets to this ministry that operate in both year-round and seasonal projects:

Monthly Breakfast Sandwiches

The Fauquier Food Bank opens early on the third Saturday of each month. Long before the line begins to form at the Food Bank, a number of people have gathered in our Parish Hall kitchen to cook and wrap a couple of hundred ham, egg and cheese sandwiches for delivery to the Food Bank.

“The delivery is always met with friendly smiles by those in line…the sandwiches are welcome for the nourishment…for most it is their breakfast that morning…and because the sandwiches are wrapped in aluminum foil…and on cold days are held for the warmth before being eagerly eaten by grown-ups and children. Often the first box of sandwiches is distributed before reaching the door of the Methodist Church, the site of the Food Bank. The wonderful part of this story is that the people receiving the sandwiches are unknown to those preparing them, and the recipients do not know who made them…and only rarely discover that St. James’ has provided the sandwiches.”

Please contact Greg Arthaud at gjarthaud@yahoo.com if you are interested in rotating in this ministry. Egg cracking begins at 6:45 and the cooking, deliver-ing and clean-up is completed before 9:00 a.m.

Volunteers prepare meals at the 2014 Thanksgiving Community Dinner, held at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton
Volunteers prepare meals at the 2014 Thanksgiving Community Dinner, held at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton

Food Bank

Saint James’ has taken the lead in supplying the Fauquier Food Distribution Coalition with volunteers for their Wednesday distributions. Individuals assist clients through the food bank aisles and if able may help stocking shelves.  Saint James’s is always seeking additional volunteers in order to sustain and grow this ministry.  Children are welcome to volunteer as well, but if they are under 16 years old an adult must accompany them.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact one of our coordinators, Joanne Edrington.

We need two people every Wednesday starting at 7:00am.

Thank you again for giving your time!

So what’s next for Food for Friends? Only time and prayer will tell where the Holy Spirit is leading us. There’s always something happening with this ministry, with many opportunities to help!

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