Part of our call as a church in the Kirkwood neighborhood is to respond to some of the needs that are around us – to be in ministry WITH our community.
When our Community Table ministry began in 2010 there was a very present need in Kirkwood to be alongside folks who were hungry and existing with very little support and money. While much has changed in this neighborhood – even in the past few years with new construction where dilapidated apartments once were and people moving in every week – hungry folks still remain in need of food and fellowship.
Community Table coincides with Communion on the first Sunday of the month. Everyone is invited to bring nonperishable food items for our food pantry as an opportunity to continue and share the feast with our brothers and sisters who are hungry. We give out pantry bags as needed during the week, and also give out many to our Soup Saturday guests on the last two Saturdays of each month.
When you bring food for the food pantry, hungry people are being fed. When you bring clothes for our clothes closet, people without a whole lot are being clothed. When you share friendship around the table at Soup Saturday, ALL lives are being made richer!
Food Pantry Needs
In just one year we provided over 400 bags of food to the hungry in Kirkwood, handing out almost 20 bags each Soup Saturday. Each bag contains 8-10 cans and boxes of food, plus loose items such as snacks, and treats. To provide a consistent supply of food, we need 350 items per month.
Top 5: Always a Good Choice
- canned meat
- canned fruit
- canned vegetables
- chunky soup (with easy open top)
- grits/oatmeal/noodles (in a container-just add hot water kind)
- mac ‘n cheese
- rice, pasta
- instant mashed potatoes
- canned beans
When bringing food, please do not donate items that require ingredients such as eggs and/or milk, nor items that are nearing or past their expiration date.