Sparse sowing, meagre reaping;
But if we are generous, bountiful will be the harvest.
So let us give what we can,
Not with regret, nor from a sense of duty.
God loves a cheerful giver.
And when we help others, we will not just meet their needs,
We will unleash a flood of gratitude to God.
Many will give glory to God
For our loyalty to the gospel and for our generosity.
Epistle Reflection from Daily Devotions/Thursday in A New Zealand Prayer Book. Page 124
Thanks to the generosity of many at Epiphany and our friends and neighbors at Villa Maria (http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/villa-maria-schools/), the Epiphany Free Food Store is up and running with canned goods and nonperishable foods. For right now, it’s located in the Neighbor-to-Neighbor offices, and Kate McAllister, Neighbor-to-Neighbor Eviction Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Coordinator, is the best point of contact.
Here are some of the ways the Free Food Store can serve all of us in the wider Epiphany community:
Anyone who comes to Community Dinners on Wednesday nights can pick up some canned goods on their way home.
Anyone who wants to cook for the Community Dinners can find food they need to make a dish to share.
Anyone who has a limited food budget can stretch their dollars further at the grocery store for fresh food and produce by taking what nonperishables they need from the Free Food Store.
The Free Food Store is a great new resource for all of us!
Here are a couple of things to know if you would like to help the Free Food Store:
If you want to donate food, please contact Kate first to make sure you are donating what the Free Food Store needs. She can be reached at 410-252-4465 x106 or firstname.lastname@example.org The Store is just getting started, and dropping off unneeded items actually is more of a burden than a help. When you shop for canned goods to donate, please check expiration dates. Only donate those items that you find healthy and delicious. In all things Free Food Store-related – talk to Kate first!