Feeding is a year-round Outreach ministry at Holy Comforter, but it is a particular focus during the summer months, when the more than 50% of Charlotte Mecklenburg students are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program don't receive the nutritious meals they typically get in school.
Blessing the Hands that Feed Us
This summer, we are once again blessing the hands that feed us by supporting the Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry. You can learn more about the conditions these workers experience by watching the film Harvest of Dignity.
As part of our parish celebration on June 4, we are encouraging every household to Bless the Hands that Feed Us by donating:
- Work pants (sizes 30-36, dress, khakis, not jeans)
- Towels (bath and hand towels)
- Breathable long-sleeved shirts (sizes S-XL)
- Socks (sport, all types)
- Underwear (M, L, XL, boxer / briefs 50/50)
- T-shirts (short sleeved, S & M)
- Baseball caps (M & L)
- Shower bags (soap, deodorant, regular sized shampoo, razors, comb, hydrocortisone cream (1%) ibuprofen or Tylenol, band aids)
(and/or monetary contributions). Bring items to our Pentecost ingathering or to the church office. (Make checks payable to Holy Comforter and write “EFWM” in the memo line.)
Water in the Fields
One of the biggest challenges workers face is staying hydrated in the heat of open fields, where water is usually quite a distance away. EFwM is partnering with Lyf Company to provide water carriers for workers that can be easily carried. $75 provides 10 carriers. Learn more at WaterInTheFields.org. We will be collecting monetary donations toward the purchase of these water carriers from now until Pentecost. (Make checks payable to Holy Comforter and write “EFWM” in the memo line.)
Holy Comforter houses and supports a Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry on our campus – the only pantry in the area that is open 5 days a week.
Volunteers from here and our surrounding community pitch in to provide a week’s worth of food to those in need. Once a month, volunteers serve dinner at The Men’s Shelter and at Charlotte Rescue Mission.