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Fraternal year 2013-2014

 

Title: SEAS Parish Lenten Project - one human family ... food for all

Council: St. Paul Miki 10798

Category: Family

Date: February 11 - April 13, 2014

Purpose of activity: Raise awareness of hunger both locally and globally and to respond to that need with a non-perishable food drive, collection of funds to provide fresh produce and dairy for 40 families per week and to provide volunteer opportunities to assist the needy at St. Francis House Food Pantry.

Description: This year, in solidarity with the call from Pope Francis, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish elected to participate locally and globally in a Lenten project relating to hunger.  After conversation with the staff of Catholic Social Services and St Francis House, the parish social justice ministry joined with the St. Paul Miki Council 10798 Knights of Columbus to plan and implement the 2014 Parish Lenten Project– “one human family … food for all” by adopting the St. Francis House Food Pantry.  Building on a “40 Cans for Lent” non-perishable food drive established last year by Knights at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, several goals were set:

  1. Collect non-perishable food with a “40 Cans for Lent” food drive
  2. Raise funds for fresh produce and dairy for 40 families per week
  3. Providing opportunities to volunteer at St. Francis House
  4. Raise awareness that hunger knows no bounds and is local as well as global

To bring this project to fruition required the gifts of so many in our parish: developing the theme and visual presentation, creating prayer cards and donation envelopes for the fresh produce, inviting volunteer stories and speakers, arranging volunteer opportunities, updates in the parish bulletin and on the bulletin boards, support of Fr. Tom and Fr. Patrick and the entire office staff.  Students at the school provided drawings to enhance the display.

Halfway thru lent over 3,000 of pounds of can goods have already been delivered by the Knights to St. Francis House.  Volunteer days, allowed parishioners to sort the cans at the pantry and put them on the shelves as other parishioners shopped with clients at the pantry.

A donation of twenty-five dollars will provide a family of four fresh dairy and produce for one week.  Our goal was to raise enough money during lent for St. Francis House to purchase these items for 240 families (40 families per week). Through financial contributions we have provided funds ($5,000) for over 200 families to receive a week’s worth of fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy products.  A nutritional benefit that sometimes proves too expensive on a very limited budget. We have almost reached our goal and the project is not yet over.

The youth integrated the project into their Food Fast, ending the fast by volunteering at St. Francis House and going to the streets to share food.  As well, they have been donating to “40 cans.”
While our plan was originally focused on local hunger, we were reminded of our link to the world through Catholic Relief Services and the annual Rice Bowl collection.  The Faith Formation bulletin board invites students and adults alike to shop at the “Pick-and-Stick Market” and “ship food” to the hungry in Anchorage or in villages around the world.

This program highlighted the desperate need for food during this time of the year and provided an opportunity for the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parishioners to reach out as a family and help those in need during their Lenten preparations.  The program also highlights the role of the Knights of Columbus in helping those in need. 

 
     
     
     
 
     
 
     
 

 


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