Brooklyn church feeds 50,000 people

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Brooklyn - posted Mon., Apr. 8, 2013
(L to r) Girl Scouts Madison Hopkins, Bailey Pepin and Charlotte Morrissette measure out soy flour, rice and dried vegetables. Photos by D. Coffey.
(L to r) Girl Scouts Madison Hopkins, Bailey Pepin and Charlotte Morrissette measure out soy flour, rice and dried vegetables. Photos by D. Coffey.

The basement of St. John's Lutheran Church in Brooklyn was full of people assembling meals on April 7. Their goal: to package enough easy-to-make meals to feed 50,000. In partnership with Outreach Kids Care, the Rev. Lisa Anderson and her congregation spearheaded the drive to raise $12,500 to complete the meal project, as well as make the packages that would be sent to community food pantries.

Five assembly lines of 12 people each measured rice, pinto beans, soy protein, dried vegetables and vitamin-fortified spice packets into three-ply plastic bags which were then heat-sealed for protection. Thirty-six bags went into boxes stacked for the occasion. Each case then would then be delivered to area food pantries in Windham County: St. Francis of Assisi Food Pantry in Danielson, Project Pin in Plainfield, Daily Bread in Putnam, TEEG in Thompson, Generations and Access Agency in Killingly and a food pantry at Three Rivers Community College. The meals feed six people, at a cost of about 25 cents per package.

“The community has been great,” Anderson said. People stopped in to help out and to drop off donations all day long. Volunteers were suited up in hair nets, aprons, plastic gloves and assigned to assembly lines. Congregants of St. John's stood side-by-side with neighbors from all over the community.

“So many of our neighbors are food insecure,” said Gary Osbrey. “These meals will go to feed them.”


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