Serving Others

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:24

Urgent need for food pantry volunteers

client receiving food from a Sharing Place volunteerThe Sharing Place,  St. Paul’s hunger ministry, urgently needs volunteers on weekdays in August. When the truck arrives from the Community Food Bank, the truck team moves the food from pallets to our shelves. This job requires an able body and a strong back! Help is needed on Wednesday, August 19, 8-11 a.m., and Thursday, August 27, 8-10 a.m. If you can help, please email Executive Director Jim Nelson using our contact form or at 201-892-4753 .

As always, volunteers are also needed on the last two Saturdays of the month when we distribute food to our needy neighbors. These jobs require a variety of gifts, so people of all ability levels can serve. We have overlapping shifts available on Saturday mornings, August 22 and 29:. 6:00-8:30, 8:00-10:30, 10:00-12:30. Email Jim or call 201-892-4753 if you can help.

Thanks for being part of this vital assistance to Jersey City’s neediest!

Jersey Girls Food Tour benefits Sharing Place

The Sharing Place, St. Paul’s hunger ministry, received $1,500 of the proceeds from the Jersey Girls Food Tours Fall Chef Showcase, held October 28 at Art House Productions. We are grateful for this support, which helps us to provide food for more than 600 client households who come to us each month. The event also helped us to introduce our work to a number of potential donors and volunteers. Thanks, Jersey Girls Food Tours!

Softball game a hit!

On Saturday, September 6, the Sharing Place, the hunger ministry of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and St. John’s Lutheran Church Community Food Pantry competed in a friendly softball game to raise awareness of hunger in Hudson County and raise funds for the food pantry. Though we didn’t have a lot of spectators on this muggy Saturday, connections were made and groundwork laid for making this an annual event. Thanks to all who participated!


Sharing Place Director Jim Nelson gave us this acrostic as a report on June’s distribution:

  • Served: 565 households received food in June.
  • Hospitality: We’re building more welcoming spaces including a new children’s corner.
  • Abundance: We gave out a lot of food. Donors gave abundantly.
  • Reach: Project Reach partners are connecting clients with resources beyond emergency food assistance.
  • Empathy: The Prayer Place is a space where people can share their troubles and find a listening ear.

Witness to hunger, witness to hope

Clients have expressed gratitude for the Sharing Place in many ways this winter. Here are just a few of their testimonies:

I am 66 years. I am not on food stamps. I am on lifetime meds. Insurance is high plus co-pay. I pay all utilities. Trying to keep food in my house is difficult, so the pantries are a big help.

When I was hungry you gave me food, naked you gave me clothes. Love the poor and needy.

I come here because we have a number of kids that like to eat and want to eat!

I need help and I not work and my husband is in Hospital. Please help. Thank you for helping me.

Just coming to the Sharing Place uplifts the spirit, because of the thought that a lot of kind and very Christian people have a love for the needy. Thank you very, very much.


More than a handout

First and foremost, the Sharing Place provides healthy food for our needy neighbors. But we don’t stop there. Community groups come to our food pantry on distribution days to talk with clients about health, nutrition, housing, and other issues that affect their lives. Nutrition education from SNAP-Ed

During the last two Saturdays in January, we are fortunate to have representatives of Rutgers University’s SNAP-Ed program. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. SNAP-Ed educates adults and children about healthy food choices. These two SNAP-Ed representatives were talking to Sharing Place clients about milk choices. Clients learned, for example, that whole milk has a lot more fat than skim milk or soy milk but they all have the same amount of protein and calcium.

Online food drive for Sharing Place

client receiving food from a Sharing Place volunteerNow it’s quick and easy to donate food to the Sharing Place. Just go to YouGiveGoods and donate to the food drive of St. Peter’s University in support of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Food Pantry.  Donate two jars of jelly for just $5 or choose a larger gift in a larger amount–all without going to the grocery store!

We thank Erich Sekel of St. Peter’s for starting this drive. Our food storage area was robbed recently. Meanwhile, summer brings high demand because children are home from school. Erich came to the rescue–and so have several generous donors, and so can you!

Thanks for your concern for Jersey City’s neediest. YouGiveGoods will give you a receipt for your tax-deductible gift to the Sharing Place.

AXA supports Sharing Place

photo of food donation with executive director and AXA representative

Sharing Place Executive Director Maureen Cassidy and the AXA representative

AXA, located downtown Jersey City, recently conducted a food drive for the Sharing Place, the hunger ministry of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church . The generous employees of AXA donated cereal, shelf stable milk, pasta, and other items from our wish list. Thank you, AXA, for helping our hungry neighbors in the Five Corners area!

Tower Group supports Sharing Place

We are so grateful to Tower Group for their support of the Sharing Place, St. Paul’s food ministry. On Saturday, May 25, Tower Group representatives came to see Sharing Place in action as we served food. They brought the proceeds of their food drive  and donated $1,085 as well. This is the second year in a row that Tower Group has come through for the Sharing Place. Thank you!

Sharing Place prayer corner

prayer cornerA new prayer corner has been added to St. Paul’s Sharing Place hunger ministry. Though prayer has always been an important part of the Sharing Place, now there is a special spot where clients can pray with the pastor or another member of the church. Currently staffed by Pastor Jessica Lambert and Peggy Brockman, the prayer corner features candles and materials for meditation as well as a caring prayer minister. Clients of all faiths are invited to pray as their hearts move them. Other volunteers from the congregation are always welcome; please speak to Pr. Jess or to Peggy.

The Sharing Place will be open to provide food and other support–including prayer–on April 20 and 27.

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