At our weekly Sunday “Give-on-the-Go” we consistently feed about 20-30 people. This past Sunday we served 40+ people. We had our normal volunteers of Rose, Gena and Jenny Speers. We also had our friend Paige, who is a 6 year old, along with her mom, Juliette. Paige joined the Meals with Meaning team about 2 months ago. That is when she woke up on a Sunday and told her dad, Mike that she wanted to donate food to the homeless. She and her Dad tried several churches and were directed to come to St. Gregory’s. Since that first taste of serving others, Paige can’t get enough of it! Though the family of 3 are not members of St. Gregory’s, they are lovin’ on those in our community just the same. Not only have they volunteered weekly, they have purchased multiple trunks full of food to help stock our Emergency Food Pantry.
Also during the past 2 months, our Meals with Meaning member, Jenny Speers suggested putting out card tables with chairs so smaller groups could sit with each other. Such a minor thing has had such a major impact. Our guests are networking over lunch. They are reaching out to the newly homeless and taking them under their wings. Real conversations are happening each week. Sincere laughter can be heard every Sunday afternoon in our courtyard.
Too many stories to mention but the main takeaway we hope that you will have by reading this is that God’s love is on the move. Some of our guests may not know God or even believe in Him. That doesn’t stop His love from touching them. At Meals with Meaning we pray that as we open our doors to those in need, our Savior Christ Jesus would open the hearts of those who come in.
Please consider volunteering with us. You can come weekly, once a month or whatever you need it to be. Contact me via email for further details on how you can help us help others.
Blessings, Gena Vallee and the Meals with Meaning team
MWM Mission Statement
Working together, with God’s help, to love and serve others. We strive to feed the hungry while helping to uphold the dignity and value of those that are most vulnerable.