Interfaith Outreach

March 2022 Food Drive

Sometimes, the meaning of certain Bible verses can be difficult to grasp without the help of a theologian or a scripture scholar. But others are pretty obvious. Consider this passage from Matthew 25:

“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.”

That’s Jesus talking, of course, and the message seems pretty clear, doesn’t it? He goes on to say:

“...whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

But, out here in the prosperous western suburbs, even this passage might seem a little abstract. Although we certainly all have friends and family who are sick at various times, it can be quite rare for most of us to have a direct encounter with someone who is hungry, thirsty or ill-clothed.

If we’re paying attention, however, the sad reality is that the poor do live among us. And Jesus’ message is clear: we are supposed to care for them.

Fortunately, even if we don’t have many direct encounters with people in need, there is an easy way we can respond to the Lord’s call. Since 1979, Plymouth-based Interfaith Outreach has worked with partners like Holy Name of Jesus to help individuals and families with food, housing, education, employment and transportation. Please stop by the table in the Gathering Space March 12-13 and speak to someone on the Outreach Committee to learn more about our partnership.

Interfaith Outreach's food shelf welcomes more than 200 families a week. Last year Interfaith Outreach distributed 590,325 pounds of food and household goods to meet the emergency and ongoing needs of families, kids, seniors and those with disabilities to make their budgets work. Your generous donations make a difference to so many in need!

Our annual food drive with Interfaith Outreach will take place March 18-21. You’ll be able to take home a grocery bag the weekend before and return it with your donations of food, baby formula, diapers, paper products, toiletries and more. 

Collection Times at Holy Name of Jesus:
Friday, March 18, from 2-4 p.m.
Saturday, March 19, from 4-6 p.m.
Sunday, March 20, from 8 a.m.-noon
Monday, March 21, from 8-10 a.m.

Thank you for answering Jesus’s call to feed the hungry!

~ The HNOJ Outreach Committee    

March Food Drive Banner Final

 

Interfaith Outreach Food Shelf Needed Items Feb 2022

Iocp Interfaith Outreach provides housing assistance, transportation, child care, employment services, emergency shelter, food assistance, and other supportive services to residents in Medina, Hamel, Wayzata, Long Lake, Minnetonka Beach, Plymouth, Medicine Lake, and Orono. 

Holy Name of Jesus has supported Interfaith Outreach since its foundation in 1979. We have proudly supported their work in a number of different ways since, including:

  • Recruiting volunteers for a variety of programs.
  • Supporting Interfaith Outreach's fall Sleep Out Campaign to raise funds for housing assistance.
  • Holding a special collection once a year.
  • Collecting food at all Masses for the food shelf.

Visit the Interfaith Outreach website to learn more!