MANSFIELD – St. Peter’s Parish has announced the relaunch of its Feed the Needy ministry on a new day and with a new distribution process.
The revamped program will resume on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. and then continue on the third Sunday of each month.
The program has been on hiatus since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the summer months, the parish discussed ways to restart the program in a manner that was safe for volunteers and the members of the public who still need assistance.
The revamped program will distribute pre-packaged meals via a drive-thru or walk-up method in the church parking lot. The meals will include meat, vegetable, starch, dessert, and a drink. One of the goals, according to associate pastor Father Kevin Moebius, is the opportunity for more families to receive assistance.
“Currently, there are not many opportunities for food distribution on Sundays. We hope our revised format will allow more families to receive a quality meal on a Sunday evening,” said Fr. Moebius.
Food preparation will follow the same health and safety guidelines that are currently in place for school cafeteria staff. Volunteers will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. For the parish, the move will allow more volunteers to get involved with the program through service opportunities.
“Sundays will allow many of our other parish ministries to help serve our community. During the week, our volunteer pool was limited to retirees and those who could take off work,” Fr. Moebius said. “Now, our new date will provide more opportunity for volunteers to be involved, and it only requires a few hours each month.”
The Feed the Needy program has been a ministry at St. Peter’s for more than 20 years.