About St Augustine’s Hunger Center:
The St. Augustine Hunger Center was founded more than 49 years ago and serves over 250,000 meals annually. During the holidays its outreach expands to 25 other food centers in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Summit, Lake, Geauga and Medina counties.
It takes a lot of planning to serve over 21,000 meals of which 5,000 are delivered to the home bound at Thanksgiving time. If you’re down here in late September you might get the smell of turkey in the air. The reason is we start cooking between 1,150- 1,200 turkeys in September and October and then flash freeze them.
In order to make 21,000 meals, large quantities of food are needed. The numbers for 2016 included:
- 1,200 turkeys
- 160 cases of instant potatoes
- 140 cases of green beans
- 160 cases of yams
- 150 cases of stuffing
- 150 cases of cranberries
- 140 cases of pies
It also takes a lot of volunteers to pull off this work of mercy each year. Between meal prep and serving at each of our 25 sites to co-ordination of meal deliveries to the 5,000 homebound it takes approximately 3,000 volunteers to give up part of their day to help put smiles on people’s faces.
Although St Augustine’s is best known for feeding the needy on the holidays the Hunger center serves three daily meals (Monday-Friday) and two daily meals on the weekends averaging 13,000 meals a month. The Hunger Center is a response to the human need, regardless of religious denomination. Even though this is the most visible portion of its ministry there are many other facets to the outreach programs.
- Distributes furniture and appliances to needy families as available.
- Hosts dinners for homeless and needy families at the time of a funeral.
- Provides emergency funding for rent and utilities.
- Provides advocacy and referrals to social services for job training, substance abuse problems and housing.
- Support services include: pastoral care, counseling, religious education, PSR and interpreting.
- Is involved in many other services and community projects.
St. Augustine Parish is led by the Rev. Joseph McNulty, the longest serving priest to this ministry within the diocese, with 45 years of service. Sister Corita Ambro, who has been the coordinator of services for the Disability Ministry (including the Deaf Ministry, for which she has been trained) for the past 47 years, has also been involved with the efforts of the Hunger Center.
St. Augustine Parish relies on the generosity of supporters to help out with the purchase of these items and is currently seeking donations in the form of cash. To donate to the St. Augustine Center, please visit: http://www.staugustine-west14.org/contactus.cfm