Mission and Outreach
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. . .Matthew 25: 35-36
As the church that feeds people: Soul, Mind, and Body, the people of All Saints are continually working to learn from the community and work to serve how we can. This is done through both programs in and around the church, as well as elsewhere in the community.
Mobile Food Pantry
Each month, 125 to 145 families are served through the mobile food pantry at All Saints. Please consider volunteering for this important ministry. The next Mobile Food Pantry will be held in the Undercroft on Saturday, January 27th. Show time for volunteers is 8:00 am with truck scheduled to arrive around 7:30 am. Doors will open to the public at 9 am. and remain open until 11:00 am. This wonderful family outreach activity is a rewarding experience for all! If you are interested in volunteering, there are several short shifts available - you can be a part of set up, help during the event, or assist with clean up. Helping during the event includes setting out food for those coming to All Saints as well as replenishing as needed.
So, what is a Mobile Food Pantry
A mobile pantry is a traveling food pantry that delivers food free of charge directly to communities in a one-day food distribution. The goal is to provide food where there is a high need but limited resources. Food Bank for the Heartland works with a nonprofit agency to schedule a mobile pantry and advertises it throughout the community. In 2015, the Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry program distributed 3.2 million pounds of food to approximately 38,500 households in need in Nebraska and western Iowa. Food distribution numbers for 2016 will not be available until sometime during the first quarter of 2017.
To learn more about the Food Bank for the Heartland, click here
For over thirty years, Flockfeeders, a dedicated group of All Saints volunteers, has been working with Siena/Francis House, the largest provider of services to the homeless in the region. How has this relationship managed to last over such a long period of time? I think it's because the two organizations are a perfect fit.
Being a member of Flockfeeders allows members of All Saints, "the church that feeds people-soul, mind and body," to do just that. By donating and purchasing food for meals and serving dinner to the homeless on the first Sunday of every month, Flockfeeders feed the bodies of people who need sustenance. However, it doesn't stop there. By being physically present to those in need, talking with them, and showing them respect and courtesy, we also feed their minds. We let them know we consider them equal members of our community. Most importantly, we feed their souls, because they know that we serve them out of love-love of God and love of them, our neighbor.
'The feeding" is not a one-way experience for the members of Flockfeeders. As volunteers, we are also fed by our time at Siena/Francis House. First, our bodies or senses are fed by doing the work of serving and seeing those who need food receive it. Our minds are fed by putting ourselves out of our comfort zone and talking with people who have had experiences very different from our own. We are reminded that "there but for the grace of God, go I." Finally, our souls are fed by the thanks that we receive from those we serve and by the love of those who serve with us. We feel this relationship was "made in heaven," and with your continued support, it will continue long into the future! If you want more information about Flockfeeders, please contact Kathy Evanoff.
PS: For more information, check out the informative Siena/Francis House web site at: www.sienafrancis.org.
Each year, All Saints budgets funds for distribution to nonprofit organizations, such as 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations, whose mission is to provide services to those in need in the community or around the world. We strive to truly be the Church that feeds people: Soul, Mind, and Body, so we work to distribute these funds where they are needed, following Christ’s call to love and care for all people. If your ministry wishes to be considered for an outreach grant, please download, print, and fill out the Grant Application Request Form. You will find Instructions on how to fill out and submit the application at the top of the form.
Thanks to the hard work of several parishioners, the All Saints Community Garden was established in 2017. For more information, click HERE.
Dean Fricke Food Pantry
"The mission of the Dean Fricke Memorial Episcopal Food Pantry is to serve others in the name of the Lord by providing food to families and individuals in need."
The DFP is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated 100% to the feeding of the hungry in the Omaha area. It is represented by all Episcopal parishes in the Omaha area with two members from each parish presently on its Board of Directors. Currently, DFP is providing Youth Emergency Services (YES), serving needy youth in Omaha, with 100 grocery bags each week as well as 60 individual luncheon bags every two weeks to Patti’s Pantry for distribution to those in need. In addition, DFP contributes each month significant funds to the Project Hope Pantry and on occasion other pantries to purchase food for the needy.
Where does the food come from?
The Food Bank of the Heartlands, located in Omaha, is the largest contributor supplemented by food donated mostly by members of the Episcopal parishes.
How is the DFP financially supported?
The DFP is funded by the local Episcopal churches and its members and by the United Way of the Midlands campaigns. Specific designations to the DFP on your United Way pledge would direct your United Way funding to DFP. There are DFP envelopes in our Narthex for direct donations by parishioners. Also, for the first time, we were a part of Omaha Gives!, a one day only funding event, which provided the DFP with a substantial donation.
How can you contribute?
Monetarily by United Way designations and by direct contributions through envelopes in the Narthex or a direct mailing to the DFP c/o the Trinity Cathedral where our pantry is located. Non-perishable food can be donated by bringing it to the church and placing in the grocery cart where the food donated is shared by the DFP and the Sienna Francis House, a wonderful outreach for feeding and housing the needy. The DFP does not provide perishable items but provides canned goods (soup, vegetables, sauces, meat, fruit, etc), pasta items, crackers, snacks, and cookies. Currently, crackers, snacks (preferably ones in boxes), cookies and soup are needed the most but we also welcome contributions of the other items.