The Good News… Brown Bag Lunch Ministry Makes A Difference

By Cindy Privette, Zebulon UMC

“Making a difference one sandwich at a time”. It’s simple really: feed the hungry, the homeless, and the forgotten.

 “When I was hungry you gave me something to eat, when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me.” Matthew 25:35

We can help feed our neighbors in need. We can be a part of the “Give us this day our daily bread” thing. It isn’t for us to know or to judge. One of the reasons our hearts break for people in need is because we know it is not always their fault that they are in this situation. With today’s economy it could be us or someone in our families. It could be any of us. We’re all just a pink slip away from desperation.

The Zebulon United Methodist Church’s Brown Bag Ministry distributes about 400 brown bag lunches (and growing every week) to those in need (whether that need is financial, spiritual or emotional) every Saturday, from 10:30am until all food is gone. Anyone may walk up and request a lunch bag Saturdays, at the church located on the corner of Gannon Avenue and N Church Street in Zebulon NC.

The lunches consist of a turkey, ham or bologna sandwich with cheese. Individual packages of cheese and crackers, a cookie or brownie, Granola bars, a piece of fruit or a small box of raisins and chips are included when available. There is bottled water, and extra loaves of bread when available.

The Brown Bag ministry is an interfaith ministry. The preparation of the lunches is done by volunteers at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church (Wendell) every Saturday beginning at 9:30am. They usually make 800 to 900 lunches each Saturday. Once all the bags are packed, 400 are delivered to Zebulon UMC. Then, 100 lunches go to volunteers from Zebulon First Baptist Church who take them out to people in the community who cannot come to pick up the food. The remaining 300 are handed out to anyone who walks up and requests a lunch.

There are no forms to fill out! The only questions we ask are “How many do you want?” and “Is there anyone else that you would like to take a lunch to?”

In addition to the lunches we prepare small bags of personal hygiene items for the families and we like to have small toys or treats for the children.

In order to reach the people who need this ministry we need your help. Please help us get the word out by sharing this information to anyone who needs help or any organization that serves individuals that can use our help. We do not ask for any proof of need. They can just come and be fed.

Recently two pastors from other US states came to our area to get more information about the Brown Bag Ministry and to see how it works. They were looking for a food ministry to do in their area and found the Brown Bag.

Donations of non-perishable food items (chips, Nabs, granola bars, dried fruit packets, etc.) and health care items (soap, shampoo, tooth brushes, etc.) are needed continually. Contact St. Eugene’s or Zebulon UMC if you or your business can help. Cash donations and volunteerism are also needed to continue this vital community resource.

Most of all we need your prayers.

“And it shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer and while they are yet speaking I will hear” Isaiah 65:24

For more details on the Zebulon ministry, contact Cindy Privette at 919.269.8359 or Sue Kiryluk at 919.269.0988. If you or your group can volunteer to help us prepare the lunches, contact Tom Falvey, and to help distribute the lunches contact Sue Kiryluk.

Para obtener información en Español llame Margarita Tucker en telefono 919.269.4843.

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