Help feed the hungry this Lent!

During Great Lent we are called upon to fast not only for reasons of self-control and prayer, but also for reasons of love: to deny ourselves something that we may share what we have saved with a needy person.

fooddrive_miniLove was one of the main purposes for fasting in the early Church. An ancient Christian writer, Hermas, writing when Christianity was less than a century old, reported an interview with an angel on the subject of fasting. Asked what sort of fast he was keeping, Hermas replied that he was fasting in the customary manner. The angel was not impressed. He replied that Hermas hadn’t the fuzziest notion of what a genuinely Christian fast is, and that what he was doing was pointless. The angel went on to say that if fasting is to have meaning, one should keep careful track of how much money is saved by it, and give the savings to the poor and needy. (From “Christ’s Three-Part Recipe for Lent,” by Fr. Anthony Coniaris)

This Lent, as you fast, you can do your part to help the poor and needy in our area by participating in the St. Elia Lenten Food Drive, a ministry of our parish service group, the Workers of St. Elizabeth. All food items collected will be donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. As many as 180,000 people in Northeast Ohio rely on the Foodbank for emergency food assistance each year.

While all non-perishable items are welcome, the Foodbank lists its “Super Six” most needed items as: boxed cereal, peanut butter, canned tuna, canned vegetables, canned beef stew and canned soup. Other food items welcome are canned meats, canned fruit, canned meals (such as stew and chili), condiments and dressings, and dried pasta, rice and beans.

Any food items can be brought in anytime, but we will be making a special push during each of the six weeks of Lent to collect as much as possible of one of the “Super Six” items.

Look for the bin located near the entrance of church, and drop off your food items as you come in each week. All items will be delivered to the Foodbank during Holy Week, but more deliveries can be made as often as needed throughout Lent as the box fills up. If you have any questions, please see Aaron Gray. Thank you for doing your part to help those in need!

List of Items to be Collected Each Sunday

March 24 (Sunday of Orthodoxy): Boxed Cereal

March 31 (St. Gregory Palamas): Peanut Butter

April 7 (Veneration of the Cross): Canned Tuna

April 14 (St. John Climacus): Canned Vegetables

April 21 (St. Mary of Egypt): Canned Beef Stew

April 28 (Palm Sunday): Canned Soup

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