The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Make a Meal, Make a Difference

Make a Meal, Make a Difference

This NW Region initiative has spread through collaboration of St. Paul's-Brookfield, St. Mark's-Bridgewater, and St. John's-Washington. If interested in participating, please email dmello@episcopalct.org
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Reflections from Pam Szen of St. Paul's Brookfield: 
In early June of 2020, St. Paul’s Church was approached by our Missionary, Dylan Mello, to embark on a new Ministry in our Northwest Region to provide healthy meals for at risk individuals in our region. Working alongside Connecticut State Social workers, several individuals were identified.
 
In very short form, St. Paul’s Church, Brookfield, CT answered the call to provide for three at-risk individuals identified by the Social Workers. Soon after we learned of this need, a dedicated core of St. Paul’s parishioners began to make meals, freeze them and deliver to our church every other Wednesday in conjunction with our bi-weekly food collection that we started in April 2020 to also support local food pantries that support at-risk families. The number of identified clients increased as a result of the Covid pandemic and the need has been great.
 
St. Paul’s parishioners have been faithful in dropping off trunks full of food staples to support our local Food Pantries as well as delivering the home cooked meals to support our Make a Meal ~ Make a Difference Ministry. As of December 16th, St. Paul’s will have delivered almost 600 meals.
 
The response to this Ministry has been tremendous and, since St. Paul’s launch of the Make a Meal ~ Make a Difference Ministry in June – several churches in our region have either supported our MMMD program or launched their own Ministry to provide meals for individuals and families in our communities.
 
We continue to be amazed at how this ministry has grown. Thank you to to all of you who have answered the call by either making meals, buying frozen meals, baking cookies or donating other items for distribution. We continue to encourage anyone interested to consider getting involved in the Make a Meal ~ Make a Difference as food insecurity is an ongoing issue, and this is just one way we can fulfill our Christian call to love one another and build up our brothers and sisters.