Outreach Update: May 16, 2023

During these unprecedented times, Outreach at St. Paul’s remains committed to being a community partner with our neighbors, particularly our neighbors with housing and food needs. We will continue to safely provide food and financial assistance in the upcoming weeks and here is how you can be a part of these ministries:

  1. We are continuing to partner with the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Family Shelter. We will provide dinner every Thursday night for all shelter guests. The signups are listed below for each week. We are only dropping off the food to their kitchen, not staying to serve.

5/28 Dinner: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094ca9ab28aafb6-528

6/11 Dinner: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094ca9ab28aafb6-611

6/18 Dinner: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094ca9ab28aafb6-618

2. On Thursday, May 21st from 5:00-7:00pm you are invited to join the “Drive Through Donation” event at Christ’s Beloved Community food pantry. They will be collecting donations on Thursday May 21st from 5:00-7:00 pm. They will have volunteers who will take it from the cars to keep within all safe social distance guidelines, and volunteers wear masks and gloves. The address for the pantry is 3205 South Main St. Winston-Salem, NC 27127.

If you would like to donate, but cannot drive to the pantry on 5/21 then please email Rev. Nancy Vaders for pickup options at nvaders@stpauls-ws.org. The food list, as well as other details, can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/237024137401394/

3. We will continue our partnership with The Winston Salem Street School, The Porch Kitchen and Cantina and Front Street Capital to provide take-home frozen meals to Street School students and their families. These meals are distributed every Wednesday to students. If you’d like more information about this collaboration and/or are interested in being a sponsor please contact Nancy Vaders at nvaders@stpauls-ws.org

4. The BackPack Program continues to feed hungry children during this time even when they are not in the school buildings. Given permission by the Second Harvest Food Bank, we are distributing our regular bags of food through South Fork Elementary School and Bolton Elementary School cafeterias. To date, six volunteers have delivered more than 1000 packets of BackPack food to the families who arrive at the school for lunches provided by the school system. Our meals help with weeknight and weekend food for these children. St. Paul’s will continue to take this food to the schools through the current school year and will start again when school opens in the fall.

Thank you all so much! Your generosity and support during these uncertain and ever-changing times has been extraordinary, and I’m so proud to be a partner with you in the Gospel call to love and serve our neighbors.

Rev. Nancy Vaders

Director of Outreach Ministries