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.