INITIATIVES

North Parish members participate in Food Ministries through:

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Members are among the volunteers who set up for and run the People’s Pantry, a food pantry that operates out of the church buildings every other Tuesday. Hours are 9:30 to 10:30a.m. Groceries, baked goods and some produce are available to patrons.

Small groups volunteer to cook the evening meal for Bread and Roses Soup Kitchen on the 4th Saturday of the month in the church kitchen. We prepare a dinner meal of shepherd’s pie and deliver the meal to Bread and Roses that afternoon. Volunteers welcome!

Youth and adults have served meals at Cor Unum meal center, organized a new Food Pantry at Emmaus House, and volunteered for a day of service cleaning and sorting food at the Lazarus House homeless shelter.

Contributions

Special collections include those for the People’s Pantry at Thanksgiving and on “Souper Bowl Sunday”, a diaper and underwear collection sponsored by Communities Together every spring (as money saved on diapers can be spent on food), and for access to healthy food for all- regardless of income level- through the “Share-a-Share” program of the Lawrence Groundworks CSA (or community sponsored agriculture program.)

Education

In line with the UUA 2011 Statement of Conscience called Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice, members have brought local food to potlucks and dinner fundraisers, sponsored heritage cooking and foraging seminars, and supported the continued creation of a children’s vegetable garden and a summer program for children that includes lessons in local food and healthy eating.

If you would like to get involved with our Food Ministries, please contact us.