Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:24
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.
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
Now 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
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
A 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.
Food assistance available post-Sandy
The Sharing Place, St. Paul’s hunger ministry, has food to share with those who have none in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. On Saturday, November 3, we distributed sandwiches provided by Jersey City Task Force to those affected by power loss and other issues. United Way has promised additional help. If you have need of food, please contact Maureen Cassidy, Sharing Place director, at 201.963.5518 or by email using our contact form.
St. Paul’s Center for Caring is pleased to host the P.E.A.C.E Garden, located behind the Lutheran Home for Children (the former parsonage) at 440 Hoboken Avenue. The P.E.A.C.E. Garden is a new organic community garden where community members can plant vegetables, flowers, or whatever they would like to grow in 4 x 4 foot plots. The project seeks members of the community to participate, volunteer, donate, and grow. For information, go to Big Sky Project or call 609 635 1551.
Project Reach is a new addition to the offerings of the Sharing Place, St. Paul’s hunger ministry. We’ve been inviting social services organizations that work with low-income people to visit with our clients on one of the last two Saturdays of the month. Health-related organizations, groups serving seniors, and a financial literacy program are among the recent or upcoming offerings. If your organization is interested in reaching out to our needy neighbors, please contact the Sharing Place’s executive director, Maureen Cassidy, at 201. 963.5518.