In 2012-2013, North Parish members participated in Food Ministries through:
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. Small groups volunteer to cook the evening meal for Bread and Roses Soup Kitchen once a month in the church kitchen. 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.
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.)
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.