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October 8, 2012

Holy Hot Dish

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Update: Just this past weekend the “Community Meal” program hosted at St. Michael, Germantown, passed the 10,000 meals served mark! Just shows how a small seed can produce a harvest of a hundredfold, or more, when watered and nurtured. Pastor Bruce Todd of St. Peter’s, Lafayette Hill, notes: “Many people are involved from picking up surplus food from Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting, to shoppers who purchase additional items, then the cooks who prepare the meals as well as those who set up, serve and clean up every Saturday morning.” Learn more from the video after the jump.

St. Peter’s of Lafayette Hill and St. Michael’s of Mt. Airy started a Community Meals program for the Mt. Airy community. The program began June 12th, 2010 serving meals every Saturday from 11am until 1pm. “Holy Hot Dish”, our current Community Meals program serves a variety of casseroles, salads, fruits, vegetables and desserts. View video after the jump.

St. Peter’s Holy Hot Dish from SEPA Synod on Vimeo.

St. Peter’s also supplies food weekly to:

  • Local families that our congregation knows needs a little extra help making ends meet. (Wednesday’s)
  •  The Laurel House in Norristown for victims of domestic violence (Wednesday’s or Thursday’s)
  • Grace Lutheran Food Pantry 3529 Haverford Ave. Philadelphia, PA (Thursday’s)
  • Homebound parishioners (as needed)

The programs listed above could not take place without the continued support of Ameroso Baking Co. of Philadelphia, Whole Foods of Plymouth Meeting, Starbuck’s of Conshohocken .  Their continued support has allowed us to continue this ministry.

St Peter’s participates in Souper Bowl of Caring every year by selling homemade soup, collecting canned soup and cash donations. Each year we access the needs of the food programs that we participate in and send the proceeds to one of the following programs. Community Meals program (joint ministry with St. Michaels of Mt Airy and St. Peter’s of Lafayette Hill), ELCA World Hunger; and/or The Colonial Neighborhood Council food bank.

Autumn Giving supports the local food pantry at The Colonial Neighborhood Council. Thanksgiving fixing’s include turkey’s, canned vegetables, canned fruit, stuffing mixes, potato entrees, rice entrees, desserts, coffee, tea and gift cards for local grocery stores.  These groceries and store cards are distributed through the local food bank in Conshohocken.

Canned and dry food is collect in our food barrel all year long. These donations are taken monthly to The Colonial Neighborhood Council to stock their food pantry which serves the local community.


For more information contact St. Peter’s at 610-828-3098.

Read more from Faith in Action, Hunger

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