“Seeing with the eyes of Christ, I can give to others much more than their outward necessities; I can give them the look of love which they crave. ”
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Deus Caritas Est, #18
SERVICE: Taking Care of His Suffering Body

Feeding the Hungry

Christ recognizes our need for real food by giving himself to us in the Sacrament of the Eucharist as bread and wine. After being fed here first, St. Bartholomew parishioners can in turn feed those who crave both his nourishment and practical care. Parishioners are encouraged to help with the following on-going efforts to feed our hungry neighbors.


SOME: SOME (So Others May Eat) has served the Washington, DC area for over 40 years feeding and clothing the areas homeless and poor. It provides access to medical, dental, and mental health programs and provides those in need with job training or housing. Volunteers for this ministry mail requests for donations to their neighbors, collect monies, and arrange a catered meal for SOME clients.  Since our parish is divided into neighborhoods, each volunteer takes a turn completing these tasks approximately every 18 months. For more information on St. Bartholomew's work with SOME, contact Pam Adams at 301-897-5125.


St. Martin's Food Pantry:  Volunteers for St. Martin's Food Pantry collect and distribute non-perishable food items to needy families every Monday. Volunteers arrive at about 5:45 A.M. on Monday mornings and distribute numbers for places in line as patrons arrive.  At 10:00 A.M., distributions from the pantry begin and they end at 11:30 A.M. We need all of the following nonperishable food items for our regular food distribution:  canned soups, pasta sauces, pasta, canned vegetables, canned tuna, canned beans, macaroni and cheese, Pasta-Roni, Rice-A-Roni, Tuna Helper and similar products, dried rice, dried beans, canned fruit, dried soup or ramen, unsweetened breakfast cereals, peanut butter, jelly, powdered milk, potatoes, apples, oranges, personal hygiene products, paper products, number 1 and number 2 baby food and baby formula (in packages of 1 pound or less), and disposable diapers.


Meals on Wheels:  The Meals on Wheels Association comprises some 5,000 local Senior Nutrition Programs which provide over one million meals each day to seniors who need them.  Some programs serve meals at locations like senior centers and some programs deliver meals directly to the homes of seniors with limited mobility; many programs provided both services.  Parishioners of St. Bartholomew have participated actively in the program for years, delivering hot and cold meals to seniors in Bethesda and surrounding neighborhoods.  Volunteers meet at the North Chevy Chase Christian Church (off Jones Bridge Road) to pick up meals for delivery and their delivery assignments. 

 

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Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

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