SAIL - Feeding Our Neighbors Program
A Report from Ann Padden-Rubin
Last week Session approved a motion from the SAIL committee to support a temporary effort to provide nourishing food to families in our community who have been hard-hit by the job losses during the Covid-19 pandemic. The plan is to order food at the lowest possible cost from Jordano's and local supermarkets and then distribute the groceries to the families that come during the appointed time. Our goal is to prepare a minimum of 250 complete boxes of groceries, including fresh produce, beans, rice, eggs, and chicken.
On Wednesday, ten volunteers came to Morgan Hall to re-package 1,400 pounds of rice and beans into smaller bags. On Friday, 54 volunteers came to St. Andrew's and worked for 7 hours to organize stations where cars could drive by and collect their food in a contact-less delivery system. The distribution hours were 2:00-4:00, but by 1:15 there were already cars lining up. This goes to show how great the need is right now for us to feed our neighbors. It was unbelievably rewarding to see the joy on so many faces as we handed them enough food to feed their families for a week.
Dana Monk, one of the organizers of "Feeding Our Neighbors," kept track of how many families received groceries. All told, 307 families received food! That's over 1,500 hungry people!
SAIL is planning to distribute more food boxes this Friday, May 8. All volunteers welcome! Wednesday, May 6, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm we will be packing rice and beans in Morgan Hall. On Friday, May 8, we will be working from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm to package groceries, set up tables and canopies, direct traffic, distribute food, and clean up. We provide gloves, hand sanitizer, hand soap, and drinks & snacks. Please bring a mask. Many hands make light work, please join us!
For inquiries about volunteering, contact Dana Monk at 805-705-6929.
For more information about the Feeding Our Neighbors program, please contact Ann Padden-Rubin at 617-792-4412 (M) or 805-682-7891 (H).
We are very grateful to last week's volunteers from St. Andrew's!
Bob & Carle Shapiro
Nancy & John Doner
Robin Knauss and David Loeppke
Diane & Abby Webber
Lydia Swanson & Luis Moreno
Paul Zink, Jr.