Posted on: March 16, 2020
The Hallie Q Brown Committee at St. John’s is grateful for the actions of our Clergy and Vestry in suspending all in-person worship and activities until at least April 1st in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Currently, families in St. Paul are recovering from the loss of school meals during the recent teachers strike. Many families also count on income earned working at extra curricular activities like sporting, music, and other events, all of which are now canceled. As schools and businesses now close due to COVID-19 concerns, how can we at St. John’s best help our neighbors at Hallie Q Brown Community Center (HQB) during this difficult time?
HQB will work closely with client families to make sure their food needs are met. However, these circumstances will greatly impact HQB’s funds and shopping resources for the remainder of the year. HQB is asking that NO clothes closet donations be made until approximately April 1st. The Food Shelf will be open to registered clients with appointments only. Otherwise, we are asked to please practice social distancing and stay away.
Back on March 1st, St. John’s joined other faith communities across the state in an effort to “Pack the Pews” and kickoff Minnesota FoodShare month. Our goal for collected donations this year is 1,042 lbs. of food and $750, which provides HQB with 1792 points (1042 lbs. + $750) to be used to purchase additional goods at MN FoodShare centers throughout the year. As of our last tally we had 1063 lbs. of food and $1660 donated to the Hallie Q Brown Food Shelf!
Would you please consider donating additional monies to HQB through St. John’s website instead of buying additional food products. Simply click here to donate now and select ‘Mustard Seed Fund.’ Substantially beating our goal is more important now than in years past.
Hallie Q Brown is also in need of volunteers to:
- Stock shelves
- Shop for clients as no one is allowed to shop for her/his self. A client is given a list and they may cross off items they do not want, return the list and the volunteer shopper gets the remaining items, boxes it up and hands it off to the client or brings the food to their car
- Drive and deliver food as many clients are seniors and not able to make it to the food shelf. Food can be left on the porch or inside the door so there is very minimal contact. Masks and gloves are also available
If you are interested in helping volunteer with either the Food Shelf (getting donated goods out onto the shelves), or in the open-for-now Early Learning Center (washing dishes, serving meals, general teacher help), please contact Dawn Selle at Hallie Q Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all for your care of others that just need a little more help!