Feeding the Hungry: Our Visit to St. Francis Table Morning Sandwich Ministry
On Friday, December 4th 2015, The Juicers spent their morning at St. Francis Table, an organization created by The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. St. Francis Table began operation on a Saturday in 1982 in response to the fact that many churches offered food service during the week, but not on Saturdays. They serve a large population of 300 to 500 people every Saturday morning. While their main outreach program is the Saturday morning lunch, they provide other services such as a food pantry and Morning Sandwich Ministry.
We chose to work with the Morning Sandwich Ministry. Monday through Friday, from 8:45 to 9:30, the Morning Sandwich Ministry provides a sandwich, a pastry, and hot coffee to about 150 – 200 people. When we arrived, a long line had already assembled. We met with Paul, the friendly and gracious coordinator, who gave us a run down of how the Ministry works. We all put on food safety gloves and got set up at our stations. 2 of us poured coffee and 2 of us passed out sandwiches and pastries. The weather in December starts to get cold here, so people were happy to have something warm to drink. Everyone was in good spirits and we had fun connecting with the community. We hope to assist the Morning Sandwich Ministry on a monthly basis.
Here are the facts:
If you are interested in volunteering in the Downtown Atlanta area, we recommend working with St. Francis Table. If you have a large group, Saturday morning is the best time to help. Saturday mornings, volunteers prepare food starting at 7 am to be ready by 10 am, when the doors open. Doors close at noon so that everyone can clean up. A maximum of 40 volunteers can be accommodated, so be sure to schedule your visit in advance by calling 404-521-1866. If you have a smaller group, the Morning Sandwich Ministry welcomes groups of 1-4 people to help pass out breakfast items.
For more information about St. Francis Table, visit their website or call them at 404.521.1866