The Lee Food Pantry
Jesus says in Matthew 25 that when you have fed my brethren, you have fed me. At the beginning of each Saturday that St. Paul’s team is in charge of the Lee Food Pantry, we pray in thanksgiving for the food we are distributing and for those who gave it, as well as for our clients who will receive the food. We also pray that we may serve with joyful hearts. To those experiencing food insecurity, we freely offer fresh produce from Gideon’s Garden during the growing season and bread from Big Y year-round, as well as donated food from St. Paul’s and food purchased through donations. A dedicated group of volunteers from St. Paul’s greets clients and distributes the food on the 2nd Saturday of each month not only because of the need in the community, but also because of the blessings we receive. Once a month, the food gathered at St. Paul’s is blessed at the offertory, and the Pantry is included in our Intercessory Prayers on that Sunday.
The Lee Food Pantry is a joint outreach program of St. Paul’s (Stockbridge), Grace Church (Gt. Barrington), St. Mary’s (Lee), and Lee Congregational Churches. Our St. Paul’s group includes fifteen from St. Paul’s and six who are not otherwise connected to St. Paul’s. One is a junior at Lee High School who volunteers every week. Two are nurses at the hospital in Pittsfield. One started volunteering after a conversation with one of our regular volunteers who was driving him home after a bike breakdown. We all have become a caring community. On our Saturday, we typically serve around fifty clients, who represent around 100 people. This is more than we usually saw in recent years. The number of clients who only speak Spanish has increased to about ten. Adding a new Spanish-fluent volunteer in January 2023 has made a tremendous difference.
You can join in this ministry by bringing non-perishable food to St. Paul’s, donating money to buy food, or joining the face-to-face 2nd Saturday ministry team. Contact Jim Wade (270-519-7078) to volunteer.