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What is St. Paul's Kitchen?
- It's a ministry in Lowell that serves a free community supper every weekday for about 100 people; some are without homes, many without jobs.
- Guests are all ages, including some young children, families, and young couples.
- The Kitchen was started years ago by Rose Bronk, a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. When St. Paul's church closed a couple years ago, the Eliot Presbyterian Church opened its doors to house St. Paul's Kitchen, and a Board made up of members from various local churches keeps it running. (Rose and her husband are still there every night helping out those in need of a good meal!)
What Do We Do?
- Several area churches take turns preparing and serving the meals each night. Our turn is the 3rd Monday of every month. (We've been doing this since 1998!)
- Members of our church donate the food, and then we send a small crew over for 2 hours to prepare, serve and clean up the meal.
- Because there's hunger all around, and we want God's generosity to flow through us!
How Can YOU Help?
There are 3 jobs every month, and EVERYONE can help regardless of age or time available.
Job Time it Takes Description Meal Coordinator 4-6 hours total over several days
- Choose a menu & determine food donations needed. (3 weeks - 6 months in advance)
- Help recruit servers if needed. (2-3 weeks prior)
- Pick up donated food at church and if you choose, prepare entree. (Sun prior or Mon of meal)
- Direct servers on-site with additional meal preparation e.g. cooking vegetables, buttering bread, etc. (4-6pm on Mon meal date)
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Meal Servers 2 hours
(4-6pm on 3rd Mon of month)
- Help with last minute on site food preparation.
- Serve one item in the serving line.
- Help clean up.
Food Donators 1 minute - 1 hour
(By 3rd Sun)
- Either buy (while already at the store) or bake an item needed.
Who Can Help?
- Families with children - Serving is a wonderful way to teach young children about generosity and being God's hands & feet on earth. Young kids are great at handing out bread and the desserts, and St. Paul's guests love to see children there!
- High Schoolers - Teenagers are great at wanting to make a difference in our world, and St. Paul's is a great place to do that! (We also applaud schools that recommend community service and are happy to provide the paperwork for your school files that reflects your community service at St. Paul's.)
- Adults - Even if you work full-time, serving only takes 2 hours! Most companies encourage community service and will provide the time off without penalty or allow you to flex hours.
How Do I Get There?
- Click here for Directions you can print & take with you.
I'm a Meal Coordinator. Help Please!
- Contact Irene Harris at email@example.com