..whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me
A powerful image of Jesus is offered for our prayerful consideration in Matthew Chapter 25 vs 35-41.
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me".
The Allen Food Pantry has been housed at St. Jude since 1985 to provide emergency food assistance to those in need. Ministers from the local Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Disciples of Christ and Baptist Churches met to discuss ways we might, as a body, address the problems of hunger in our area. The poor in our community are not always visible. We don't want to see poverty or hunger even though it's all around us. Single parents, low income working families, senior citizens on fixed incomes, and many families affected by the current layoffs in our area. It's not easy to ask for help, for food.
With the recent downturn in the economy, we can no longer pretend that hunger isn't an issue in America. Collin County unemployment is now 7.2% with more lay-offs being announced each week. With 31 million Americans going to bed hungry at night, many in our own community not knowing where their next meal will come from, hunger is not a third world problem. It’s a legislative failure. Clearly we cannot expect an indifferent government to solve the problem of hunger. Jesus says we are the solution.
The Allen Ministerial Alliance developed guidelines for the food pantry based on Matthew 25: 35-41. Each of the churches involved take turns sending their volunteers to work the pantry.
We are each called to be Jesus to our brothers and sisters. We are fed at His table. Our loving Lord calls us to reach out and feed other. This is the mission of St. Jude's association with the ecumenical food pantry.
Please bring your donations to the Food Pantry at the west end of St. Jude parking lot. Collection boxes are also located at: Allen area Kroger Stores.
Hours of operation:
Mon & Thurs: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Tues & Fri: 9:30am - 11:30am
Saturday: 9:30am - noon
Donations most needed are:
To make a monetary or memorial donation to the Allen Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry, send checks to:
Allen Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry
1515 N. Greenville Avenue
Allen, TX 75002
Attn: Jeanne Girsch
We thank you again for your ongoing support! For more information, call 214.644.2090.