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HUNGER MINISTRY:  Help us at lunch-preparation day for homeless

Hear ye! Hear ye! Calling all Esperanza chefs, volunteers, those able to assemble or serve sandwiches, and those wishing to donate either money or non-perishables to the cause!!

We will be providing sack lunches for the homeless at Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday, July 13. Details: graceinthecity.com.

Sack lunches will consist of:

  • A sandwich (ham, turkey, tuna, etc.) with cheese (no condiments).
  • Granola bar or similar.
  • Fruit (purchased cups, bananas, sliced apples, berries, etc.) We should keep in mind the poor dental condition of many of our guests and we therefore would appreciate it if fruit items are soft in nature.
  • Drinks (bottled water, Capri Sun-type products, Gatorade, juice in gallon containers that can be poured into cups, etc.)

We anticipate serving a minimum of 100 guests. We will be able to provide a more accurate number in early July. Grace Lutheran will provide all plates, cups, silverware and condiments.

Our plan:

  1. Arrive at church by 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, to assist with assembly of lunches. We will provide the items to be included in the sacks.
  2. Leave church by 10:30 a.m. to make sure we can deliver lunches to Grace Lutheran no later than 11:30.
  3. For those able to help serve, lunch begins at 12:30 p.m.
  4. If you can stay to help clean up, plan to remain at the church until approximately 2 p.m.

For those who would prefer to assemble sack lunches at home, we would ask that you prepare a minimum of 10 lunches and deliver them to the church no later than 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13.

Items that can be donated or collected prior to the lunch service:

  • Sandwich baggies.
  • Lunch bags.
  • Cases or packages of bottled water.
  • Juice boxes / Capri Sun boxes.
  • Fruit cups (Mandarin oranges, applesauce, fruit cocktail, etc.).
  • Nutri Grain bars (or similar).

If you can provide these non-perishable items, please deliver to Kitchen/Fellowship Hall by July 10.  Please designate the items for “Heat Respite.”

We are arranging lots of folks and lots of food, so please let us know how, when and if you can help as soon as possible. My cell phone is 310-502-7930 and my email is [email protected]. Feel free to call, text or email and thank you for stepping up yet again!

If you can’t help on July 13, your help is needed to provide lunches on July 20 and Aug. 17, as well!!!