Newman Foodshare: Heart to Heart, Table to TAble
In response to God’s call to care for the most vulnerable in our community, our parish almsgiving this Lent is focused on hunger. We invite you to give non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations throughout Lent to be distributed at the Newman Foodshare on April 29th. Our goal is to serve 250 families. Donations above this amount will be split between La Bodega and Aggie Cupboard.
“It is a scandal that there is still hunger and malnutrition in the world! It is not just a question of responding to immediate emergencies, but of addressing together, at all levels, a problem that challenges our personal and social conscience, in order to achieve a just and lasting solution.”
-Pope Francis, 10/16/13
There are many ways to get involved!
1. Go shopping. Take a shopping list and envelope. Purchase all of the items on the list sometime during Lent (about $35-40). Return the groceries to the parish hall. Post the paper cut out of groceries from your envelope anywhere on our display wall.
2. Support with a financial donation. Insert your check or cash donation in an envelope labeled ‘Newman Lenten Almsgiving.’ Place the envelope
in the collection at any Mass during Lent.
3. Fast. Consider fasting from a certain food item or meal to be in solidarity with those who do not have enough food. (Ie. Desserts or your morning latte). You might use the money you save to buy groceries for our Newman Foodshare.
Support Lunch Bunch for a Cause
Cooked and served by students, proceeds from Lunch Bunch on Monday, March 13th and April 3rd support La Bodega and Aggie Cupboard as part of our Parish Lenten Almsgiving. All resident and student parishioners are invited- starting donation of $2 for students and $4 for non-students requested. Lunch served from 11:15am-1:15pm.
La Bodega: Our Parish Food Pantry. Just northeast of the church, La Bodega distributes food on the 2nd & 4th Thurs. of the month to about 90 families. Families can receive food (about 25 items) once a month. Support of food and cash donations comes from Newman parishioners. La Bodega is staffed by Newman parishioners.
Aggie Cupboard: NMSU Food Pantry. The Aggie Cupboard serves NMSU, DACC & BCOM students, staff, and faculty. On NMSU’s Main Campus, Regents Row B114, the Cupboard is open Wed. and Thurs. from 3-6pm. The Cupboard is staffed by volunteers and NMSU interns, typically serving 30-40 distributions per week. Individuals/families can receive food once a week. Support comes from food and cash donations from individual students, faculty & staff, and community members.
In 2014, more than 1 in 4 kids (27%) in
Doña Ana county lacked enough food, at times, for an active, healthy lifestyle.
Source: Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap
On Saturday, April 29th we will distribute the food we have collected throughout Lent at the Newman Foodshare Event. We’ll invite individuals and families served by La Bodega, Aggie Cupboard and other local food pantries to come receive an extra distribution of much needed food.
However, more than solely distributing groceries, our hope is to have a festive community gathering- music by a student DJ, hot dogs served by our Knights of Columbus council, and information from local social service organizations!
Sign up to volunteer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or using the sign up sheet at the back of the parish hall.
St. Augustine reminds us, “our hearts are restless, until they rest in the Lord.”
Our spirit yearns to be filled. Lent offers the time and space to embrace this hunger, this need to be filled by God through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
As our spiritual and material hunger is satisfied, we recognize that God not only satisfies our needs, but also calls us to feed the hungry in our midst, whose most basic need for food is unmet.
Remember in prayer those who are hungry in our local community and around the world. This might include those who hunger physically as well as those who hunger socially and spiritually- those who feel lonely, have lost hope, or feel far from God.
Sharing the Loaves and Fishes
Sharing the loaves and fishes,
You gave us an image of togetherness with the hungry, O Lord.
Sharing yourself in the Bread and Wine,
You called all to the table, O Lord.
Give me the hunger to be a part of the feeding and the healing of this world.
Nourish me with your Grace,
so I may work with joy to serve your children.
Open my eyes and my heart
to recognize those in poverty
so we may all break bread together.
In your name we pray for the end of hunger. Amen.
Questions about our Parish Lenten Almsgiving? Email or call Mona in the office, 575-522-6202.