In 2018, our Neighbors 4 Neighbors ministry distributed 500,000 pounds of food. That’s 250 TONS of food!
As one might imagine, the food comes from a variety of sources. Some items come from the US Department of Agriculture. Other items come from Food in Need of Distribution. Some things are donated by members of the parish, and more come from other sources.
But who gives us the weekly bread?
Two local businesses donate bread and pastry items to N4N. Six days a week, volunteers Bob Kimball and Lucy Matthews go to Panera and Aspen Mills Bakery to pick up bread and other items that weren’t sold that day. Both companies have a policy of contributing to the community by giving their unsold products to food banks. In the case of the locations in the Coachella Valley, they support our own Neighbors 4 Neighbors.
We appreciate the contributions that Panera and Aspen Mills Bakery make to support our outreach ministry at St. Margaret’s, and we give thanks for them as valuable team members at N4N.