THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. We were so excited by the final totals for our SW Hope Feed the Hungry campaign to help restock the Neighborhood House food pantry following the holidays. We set the St. Barnabas goal at the equivalent of 3,500 pounds ($1 purchases 4 pounds of food). It had been a couple of years since we reached the 3,500 pound goal but we wanted to try one more time, and it was worth it! Drum roll please…, our grand total between food and cash donations was the equivalent of 4,377 pounds of food. We should all feel great about the help we provided our neighbors. Well Done!
Neighbor House’s SW Hope Feed the Hungry Campaign is in full swing and with two Sundays to go St. B’s is making a great final push to meet our goal of 3,500 pounds of food and cash donated ($1=4 pounds of Food). Through Sunday, March 6, we have collected 2,324 pounds, leaving 1,176 pounds to go. Nice work!
SW Hope Feed The Hungry officially begins at St. Barnabas this coming Sunday February 7th with our annual “Soup Bowl Sunday” coffee hour. With so many new faces at church you might ask what is SW Hope? This is a multidenominational effort to restock the Neighborhood House food pantry following the holidays. The ingathering is traditionally held during the time of Lent. It is a wonderful time to hear our hearts calling to help others. This year we are bringing attention to the matter of “choices”. Do many out there pay their rents so they have a roof over their heads or do they eat. Most of us at St. Barnabas are fortunate enough that we do not have to make these choices. However, many of our neighbors do. We can help. Our goal at St. Barnabas is to gather 3500 pounds of food or the cash equivalent during the campaign which runs February 7 through March 20.
Planning ahead, the Women of St. Barnabas will be holding their semi-annual collection in June to support this important program that provides temporary shelter and support to women and their children at risk of domestic violence.
Our campaign at St. Barnabas began with “Soup Bowl Sunday” on February 15th following our 10 o’clock service. A brochure was created for each week with “themes” of food ideas to donate. We also had the brochure available from Neighborhood House and weekly flyers in our Sunday bulletins with stories from people who shared their need of the importance of food boxes from our local food pantry. Many of you shared an evening out at McMenamin’s with 50% of proceeds going to Neighborhood House. We covered our Altar with food as a reminder of the hungry. Our goal as a parish was to raise the equivalent of 3500 pounds of food. Over the six weeks we collected 787 pounds of food and $390.00 ($1 = 5 lbs) for a total of 2737 pounds of food. I am still hoping that we will have some monetary donations made so we can hit our goal. Hunger is a worldwide problem and we can help by beginning with our own neighbors. We continue to have the food cart available each and every Sunday to fill with food items for this need. Please – let us continue to see our cart full like March 30th. Thank you. Lisa Begley – Chair
On Tuesday March 10th, McMenamin’s Hillsdale Brew Pub is supporting SW Hope by donating 50% of their sales after 5:00PM to SW Hope. That is incredible! Leslie and I will be there and we would like to invite all St. Barnabas parishioners to join us for fellowship and to support SW Hope. This is an easy way for us support such a worthy cause in our community.
The donations of non-perishable foods are building up and our parish is making a great start on reaching the goal of 3500 pounds of food for SW HOPE. St. Barnabas has been a supporter of our local food pantry at Neighborhood House for many years. This campaign is an effort supported by local faith communities, neighborhoods, and businesses working together to meet the needs of hungry people in Southwest Portland. The goal of this year’s SW HOPE campaign is to gather 175,000 pounds of food, or the cash equivalent ($1=4 lbs.). Continue reading