Produce-to-People

Produce-to-People connects St. Andrew’s members, and neighbors in the wider community through Bestway Grocery and Share the Harvest

Jesus says in Matthew 25: “I was hungry and you fed me… I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

Picking up leftover produce from Bestway Grocery to take to neighbors.

Picking up leftover produce from Bestway Grocery to take to neighbors.

When St. Andrews member and local business owner Nancy Kimbrough realized that expanding Bestway Grocery’s produce section also meant increased wastage (some fresh product will always go past-date)  she thought, “Throwing away this food when people are hungry right here is criminal, it’s a sin.”

Our members sort produce before taking it to different areas to share with their neighbors.

Missionaries sort produce before taking it to different areas to share God’s abundance and grace with their neighbors.

Since January 2015, a small but expanding group of St. Andrews members have worked with Nancy and the Bestway staff to form a food-sharing ministry where people pick up past-date, but usable, fruits and vegetables two times a week. Later in the spring, St. Andrew’s connected with Share the Harvest to increase the amount of food we could share and expanded to 3 different neighborhoods. Participants decide for themselves either take the food to One Step Further food pantry, Malachi House, or deliver it directly to neighbors in our wider parish who they knew might appreciate a visit and access to fresh food.

This is not just about food for “the hungry.” It’s about God’s welcome and mutual service

At first this was just an outreach project, but it has become a ministry of relationships where people knock on doors, share the blessing of fresh and healthy food, and are welcomed and embraced as friends by those they meet.  The richness of this unfolding ministry for all involved embodies the joys of meeting Jesus in another and of being served and fed by that person through mutual love and support.

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Are you and your household open to sharing in God’s love through this ministry?

Some people like to set a pop-up "free grocery" on their apartment patios, then invite their neighbors to come.

Some people like to set a pop-up “free grocery” on their apartment patios, then invite their neighbors to come.

Produce to People works through signing up online to pick up groceries either on Monday or Friday.

Our missionaries then either taking the produce to a food pantry that accepts fresh food (not all of them do) or delivering the food directly to a household that could use it.

Please contact St. Andrews if you have any questions.

 

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