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COVID-19 has had unprecedented impact on the local church. People may not be able to be physically present in the pews but people have found creative ways to continue responding to those in need. The Food Cupboard at St Luke's is one such example. Through it, the people of the parish are making a positive difference in the community. Each Friday from 10:30 am to 1 pm, the Food Cupboard Team provides a selection of groceries and staples for families and individuals. The Food Cupboard is a partner with Kawartha Food Share to serve East City and the City of Peterborough.

The Home Depot boxes in the pews (photo above) are pre-packaged with non-perishable food items by the parish team. Each week, there is also a variety of fresh vegetables and other sundry items that vary from week to week. The team has reconfigured how they distribute the packages in order to meet Public Health directives amidst COVID-19.

The Food Cupboard serves, on average, about 15-20 families and individuals each week. Lorraine Brown, Co-coordinator, reports that numbers have been in the lower range lately but she adds that she expects a surge in the near future. The experience is similar throughout Peterborough with other outlets also expecting an uptick in demand.

A number of parishioners at St Luke's support the Food Cupboard by contributing non-perishables on a regular basis each Sunday. Because they're no longer able to drop items off on Sundays while at church, many have now made cash donations to support the Food Cupboard ministry. Blessings and thanks to them and to all who support the Food Cupboard.

Blessings and many thanks also to Lorraine, Rob, and Matthew Brown for all their hard work. Each week, they pick up an allotment from the Kawartha Food Share depot, bring it to St Luke's and prepare in it family packages so that it can be safely and easily distributed.


  1. Doug Woods on 13 May 2020 at 11:09 AM

    … and your neighbour as yourself.

  2. Ian and Beverley Ralston on 9 May 2020 at 9:38 AM

    Our sincere thanks to Rob, Lorraine and Matthew for ‘manning’ our Food Cupboard during this difficult period of the Corona Virus.
    Although we have been absent in body, we have been remembering the three of you in our prayers.
    God bless you.

    • Father Glenn on 9 May 2020 at 12:43 PM

      HI Beverley and Ian, Thank you also for your support of the Food Cupboard and to all in the parish family who support it. We are blessed to have Lorraine, Rob and Matthew to spearhead this important ministry.

      Peace and Blessings,


      PS Since that was the first time that you have made a comment on the website, it had to wait to be moderated. In the future, your comments will now appear immediately.

  3. Alexsandra Thompson on 8 May 2020 at 2:26 PM

    We are blessed to have people who are reaching out to help others during this unprecedented time.

    • Father Glenn on 8 May 2020 at 5:01 PM

      Hi Alexsandra, Thanks for your comment. That’s great to hear. Since that was the first time that you have made a comment, it had to wait to be moderated. In the future, your comments will now appear immediately. Thanks again for taking the time to comment. Blessings to you, Glenn+

  4. william nicholls on 8 May 2020 at 10:59 AM

    Many thanks to Lorraine, Rob and Matthew for their work in feeding the needy
    and doing so with fresh as well as non-perishable food items.

  5. Lorraine on 8 May 2020 at 8:52 AM

    Thanks to all parishioners who have kept the food cupboard in your thoughts and prayers. Your food and monetary support is very much appreciated by the clients.

    • Father Glenn on 8 May 2020 at 11:42 AM


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