Caring for our Neighbors
NEW!! Suffolk Library Snack Program
There are approximately 30 children coming to Morgan Memorial Library downtown after school each day as a "safe place" until their parents come home from work each evening. As expected, the children are hungry when they arrive. Some of the children come with money that they can use in the library's vending machines. Others, however, do not bring money and in some cases, they have solicited people on the street for money so they can buy these snacks when they enter the library.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Women have secured a PEVA Hunger Grant given to help feed local communities in need of food. This situation qualified and PEVA awarded the St. Andrew PW $1,000 to partially fund our efforts to assist in providing after-school snacks for these children. We are hoping that with this money and other contributions we can provide snacks to the Morgan Library for the rest of this school year. We have estimated that each month it will cost approximately $250-$350 to feed around 30 children for the 20 school days each month. PW hopes to begin providing snacks in February, assuming that the last details can be resolved. With Session approval, PW would like to ask the congregation to help with this project. If you would be interested in helping, either with a donation of money, snacks, or by helping with the development of materials to give the children with the snacks that identifies this contribution is from St. Andrew, please contact Kay Smith, St. Andrew Presbyterian Women Moderator, at the church. We have been provided this opportunity for outreach to our community; something that St. Andrew has designated as one of our church's missions.
Suffolk Public Library thank you letter:
September 9, 2019
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
The Suffolk Public Library would like to express our sincere gratitude for the snack donations that you all provided this past year. With your help we were able to hand out snacks on a daily basis to the children who spend a majority of their day at the Morgan Memorial Library. In June, we were able to feed 167 children, in July, one of our busiest months, we were able to feed 422 children. In August, we were able to feed 148 children. The impact that the snacks have made cannot be put into words. Thank you for partnering with us to help with some of the food insecurities in this area.
Tiffany A. Duck
Manager of Library Locations Suffolk Public Library
Opportunities to serve:
- Salvation Army soup kitchen
Church members prepare a meal at the Salvation Army, Bank Street, in downtown Suffolk on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Members are asked to provide cupcakes to be served as dessert. They are due on the Wednesday prior to our Soup Kitchen date.
- Joyful Noise
Funds collected help cover the cost of soup kitchen supplies.
- Reverse Offerings
The collection of non perishable food for the Suffolk Presbyterian Church Food Pantry.
- Adopt-A-Street program
- ForKids, Inc
Made Easter baskets for children in homeless shelter.
- Suffolk Social Services Angel Tree
In December, St. Andrew collects and wraps gifts donated by the congregation. These gifts are then delivered to Suffolk Social Services for their Angel Tree recipients.
- Salvation Army School Supplies Drive
Items needed: bookbags, pens, pencils, graphic calculators, paper, notebooks, tissues, hand sanitizer, crayons, colored pencils, and flash drives. Deposit supplies in the appropriately marked bins in Atrium.
- Compassion Saturday
St. Andrew also hosts a Compassion Saturday each year. This day includes fellowship time for volunteers before they start various service projects, such as street clean-up, meal preparation, Prayers and Squares quilting, card making, ForKids support, and toiletry kit assembly for the Western Tidewater Free Clinic.
- Saint Andrew in Mission (SAIM)
St. Andrew in Mission promotes and coordinates the mission outreach of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, both locally and world-wide. This includes financial support of many varied mission causes and "hands-on" service projects. In July 2017, SAIM supported the Rise Against Hunger church-wide event at which St. Andrew members packaged 17,000 meals! Also in July 2017, SAIM coordinated home repairs for a local Suffolk woman.
- Meals on Wheels - Suffolk Meals on Wheels, established in 1987, delivers meals to residents living in the city of Suffolk and the Isle of Wight County regions. The food is prepared by the Sentara Obici Hospital Food Services. St. Andrew provides volunteers to deliver meals on each Friday of the month. St. Andrew has 5 delivery teams, with 2 people in each team, who transport the meals from the hospital to the recipients' homes.
- Rise Against Hunger – For the past two years St. Andrew has partnered with Rise Against Hunger in their program to end hunger internationally. We convert our Atrium to a meal-packing assembly line, and we have turned out over 10,000 nutritional meal packages in just two hours each year to be sent where the need is greatest. There are jobs and fun for everyone, including children
- CAPS Night Stay Program – Coalition against Poverty in Suffolk (CAPS), a partnership of churches in the Suffolk area, provides housing and meals for homeless people during the coldest months of the winter. St. Andrew served as the host church from Wednesday, 10 January through Wednesday, 17 January 2018.
"…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.