Christ recognizes our need for real food by giving himself to us in the Sacrament of the Eucharist as bread and wine. After being fed here first, St. John’s parishioners can in turn feed those who crave both his nourishment and practical care.
Parishioners are encouraged to help with the following on-going efforts to feed our hungry neighbors.
Harvest for the Hungry: Harvest for the Hungry is monthly collection of canned and packaged food which is distributed to those who call the parish Samaritan Line (301-593-1888) for assistance. If we have extra food, we share it with Catholic Charities, Holy Name parish in Washington, D.C. (our former Parochial Vicar, Fr. Michael Briese, is pastor here) and Mid-County United Ministries (MUM). At Easter and Christmas, we also share food with the Rosensteel Council of the Knights of Columbus, who pack more than 200 bags of food for the poor. Harvest for the Hungry is led by Patti Curtiss (301-681-8128).
SOME: S.O.M.E. Ministry responds to Christ's message "to feed the hungry." Once a month, donations of food are served to the needy in the community through S.O.M.E. kitchens. Generally, hot food donations are collected in the winter on the second Tuesday of each month from 9:00 - 9:40 a.m. in the Church parking lot. Cold food donations are collected in the summer on the second Tuesday of each month from 9:00 to 9:40 a.m. in the Church parking lot. If you cannot deliver your donations to the Church parking lot at these times, please see the bulletin for details on making other arrangements. S.O.M.E. donations are organized by Jane Welsh (301-754-2141) and Sue Wiant (301-593-8689).
Share-A-Meal: On Community Sunday each month (the 3rd Sunday of the month), the Share a Meal Ministry collects individually wrapped sandwiches and fruit for the homeless between 8AM-1PM in the Kennedy Room, and then delivers the food to Martha's Table in Washington, D.C. Martha's Table goes through 2,300 sandwiches a day! Two loaves of bread and couple of packages of cheese and lunchmeat costs each of us only a few dollars and 10 minutes to prepare. Martha’s Table Share-A-Meal is organized by Marge Gillis (301-681-7413).