A pandemic doesn't keep hunger at bay, and that's why St. Martin's has continued to do what it can to help the hungry among us. Last Saturday, after receiving approval from Bishop Waldo, a very small, social-distancing-safe group gathered in the Parish Hall to package meals that were then delivered to St. Luke's Episcopal Church to feed homeless people living in our community as part of our ongoing partnership with St. Luke's. Below are a few thoughts shared by some of those who took part:
Frances Burns, parishioner & St. Luke's ministry leader:
"A huge thank-you to the group who met at St. Martin’s Saturday morning to box to-go meals to distribute at St. Luke’s. After all meals were packaged, 90 lunches of fried chicken, green beans, mac and cheese and a cookie were handed out to those in need in the community. In keeping the health and safety of the committee in mind, it was decided to use volunteers in the younger age group who are less at risk. We also did not ask for volunteers to help bake and prepare food to reduce the number of touchpoints. All went well with balancing the safety of the committee with the needs of the community."
Robyn Holt, SMIF staff member:
"It felt nice to be doing something positive for someone else rather than feeling negative about the current situation. It was wonderful to do something to help others."
Drew Bozard, choir member:
"Helping with the feeding ministry was very enriching for me. I know that this kind of work has to go on even in the midst of our circumstances, and I felt very blessed to be healthy and able to serve in this way."
Amanda Hines, choir member:
"Sharing the words of the Bible through song is how I can best share God's Word and Love, but, when Caitlyn presented the feeding ministry opportunity this past Saturday, it was a great way to reach out, help someone, and share God's Love in another way, even if from a distance."
Lydia Mignogna, parishioner:
"This pandemic has had effects so far-reaching that I don't know about most of them, but this was the perfect opportunity to help carry out God's mission in the Columbia community during this particular time of need. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to more in the future."