Thursday, May 14, 2009
Group works for hot-food kitchen
By SUE WATSON
A group of churches in Holly Springs are working on a plan to offer a hot meal once or twice weekly to help those in the area who are hard hit by the economic recession.
The group is organizing and soliciting support from churches, organizations and individuals of both material and cash, according to Sr. Joel Curcio with Catholic Social Services, whose group spearheaded the project.
An organizational meeting held April 23 called by Catholic Social Services drew support from representatives with Asbury United Methodist Church, three groups from within the Episcopal Church, Anderson Chapel CME Church, Heritage Apostolic Church and St. Joseph Church, according to Curcio.
The next meeting to continue organizing the effort to start up the soup kitchen was scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, at the former preschool building behind St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
“This was our final organizational meeting where the churches will offer services and determine our target group,” Curcio said.
St. Joseph was already participating in Second Harvest and thought this would be a way to help a larger group of people by joining efforts of churches and organizations, she said.
Sr. Joel said St. Joseph’s had been noticing more people who have been experiencing economic difficulty and in need who are seeking aid for the first time. By bringing the entire community together to help, more people can be served and more individuals will be given the opportunity to volunteer their time or provide material support.
“The big thing is volunteers,” she said. “If we get enough people we could just ask a person to serve for two hours only once a month.”
The group invites churches and others to get involved and to organize their individual groups to help gather donations such as folding tables, reusable kitchen utensils, serving bowls, cups, glasses, and baking and serving pans, Joel said.
“We are going to go green,” she said.
Contact Catholic Social Services at 662-252-1336 and ask to speak with Sr. Joel Curcio, Sr. Linda Rettstatt, or Sr. Mary Ann Grausam, or ask your minister about the project.
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