Feeding the Hungry of the MidSouth
Every Sunday, at 1:00 pm, hungry people come to St. Patrick’s Center for a meal. On most Sundays, soup and corn bread or a sandwich and a drink are served to those who come to the kitchen door on Pontotoc Avenue.
On the second Sunday of each month, members of the parish bring crock pots with soup or chili. These days through the year have become known as “Crock Pot Sundays”.
Soup-On-Sunday provides a hot take out meal on the other three Sundays.
Every fourth Sunday the Center hosts More than a Meal for over 200 neighborhood guests, a full meal is served inside the St. Patrick Center. Starting at 1:00 PM, over 160 men, women and children from the Vance Avenue Neighborhood are invited to sit down to a hot meal consisting of a meat, two vegetables, bread, beverage, and desert. Volunteers from Saint Patrick and other community volunteers cook, decorate and server a delicious meal. Guests are invited to write their prayer intentions which are then read for group prayer. An important aspect of these meals is the opportunity for guests to recommend their needs and concerns to the parish community for its prayers.
A diverse group of volunteers from the Memphis Metropolitan area including St. Patrick’s and other area churches act as cooks and servers in this program. These helpers come from other church communities, such as Redeemer Presbyterian Church, or from other Catholic churches, especially from the Confirmation classes of the latter. Volunteers are always welcome to assist in serving meals at St. Patrick’s, especially on fourth Sundays.
Contact: Any of the supporting staff at the St. Patrick Center (901) 543-9924.
The St. Patrick Center partners with MIFA and Woodland Presbyterian Church to feed 200 people a month through the distribution of packaged food, fresh produce and meats.
Volunteers staff the pantry four days a week, Tuesday through Friday, from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. Clients receiving a voucher from MIFA receive one or two sacks of groceries depending on family size.
Common Ground Garden
The Center is providing the land and oversight for the garden. A community steering committee comprised of neighborhood residents, volunteers from Saint Patrick and other area churches and institutions plan and govern its use.