Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food…? Matthew 25:37 Grace members and friends have responded with Amazing Grace to Lou Farrell’s challenge to us, preparing 217 the first week for members of the Welcome Church and others living on the streets of Philadelphia. The programs who received the sandwiches were overjoyed! They were all gone by dinnertime. Wednesday is a sparse day. The food is really needed. Week two brought 315 sandwiches along with additional coolers for collection.
Not all of us can make sandwiches each week, but some of us can, something is touched in our soul at Grace when someone is hungry and we are full and have food that we can share. We’ll keep making sandwiches at least until the usual feeding places in Philadelphia reopen. . Members of St. John’s Ambler are joining us in this feeding effort.
The third week the sandwich ministry got a name: Welcome Bread, showing its connection to the Welcome Church. Several other churches are joining us, making it possible to open up a second delivery day. That week we made and gathered 603 sandwiches and 80 snack bags. We’re on it now, in the rhythm!
The fourth week we got work from an outreach worker who distributes the sandwiches that people were specifically asking for THOSE sandwiches, the ones full of peanut butter and jelly!
The week of May 17th Grace gathered 2,191 sandwiches which was enough for distribution on THREE days. Grace members made about 43%, but by example have a coalition of 13 congregations, 3 food cupboards, a non-profit, and a crew of individuals. Thanks be to God!
This ministry continues to grow and the last week of May the children and families of a 2nd grade classroom at Montgomeryville Elementary School joined in our ongoing feeding. Did you know that one of our sandwiches provides 400 much-needed calories for someone with an empty stomach? That it keeps well, even in warm weather? Your sandwiches, whenever you are able to provide them, are so anticipated! If you want to help as we continue this work the instructions are below:
Welcome Bread: PB & J Sandwiches, Instructions
- You make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on soft white bread and put them in ZIPLOC bags, 1 sandwich per bag. Use cheap white bread with gobs of PB and J. A loaf will get you nine sandwiches. Please consider buying two loaves.
- The cooler will be at the entrance to Grace all day each TUESDAY. Leave your donation in the labeled coolers between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm
- Please email, call or text Jelly Czar Lou to let him know how many sandwiches you made.