Ken Ary is one of our faithful, predictable and helpful cooks. Tonight he is having heart surgery, apparently the result of tests he had done to discover why he was so short of breath. His family is posting his condition on Facebook. Pray for Ken, if you would.
Food Pantries have a reputation for canned soup, bread and some vegetables.
You should see ours, thanks to our food rescue program and partnership with Food Share, last weekend’s pantry consisted of 1,600 lbs of frozen chicken, 100 dozen eggs, fresh asparagus, bananas, lots of fancy breads, garlic bread, sandwich bread, celery, oranges, canned fruit, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce. How good is that? Critics comment often on people taking more than they should or guessing they don’t really need it. We don’t ask questions or think that way. If there is food, we want everyone to have a fair share. You never know what two or three free meals do for a stretched budget. Besides that, it’s not my food.
“Let your hook always be cast In the pool where you least expect it, for there will be a fish.” — Ovid
For many in our community, food pantry day is grocery shopping day and Many Meals is party time. I love seeing the line and I am so thankful God decided long before the foundation of the world was laid this would be my job. He promised that He would prepare our hands for the work He called us to do so I have no excuse.
Tomorrow’s menu will be mashed potatoes and baked chicken with gravy, cooked peas (thank you Clint Garman and Sysco Foods), green salad, rolls and butter.
If you haven’t visited Many Meals, you should. There are 20 – 30 students each week from various schools along with young ones the ages of 6 and 8 years old. Their parents want them to have early experiences of working with adults and helping people outside their sphere. Thank you Jenny and Carlos for sharing your kids with us and setting such a good example… besides the help you provide.
SPIRIT of Santa Paula
Kay Wilson-Bolton, Director
Serving the Least Powerful and Most Vulnerable People in Santa Paula CA