Our Many Meals program continues to grow! We are blessed to be able to serve a community meal, free of charge, every Wednesday evening at Catholic Charities on the Avenue in Ventura. We are now serving an average of 150 guests each week.
Many Meals serves our parish family as well as the community as a whole. Our guests come for a hot meal as well as wonderful fellowship. For those unfamiliar with the program, we have a crew who prepares the meal in our kitchen at Mulcahy Center. The meal is then transported catering style, to the meal service location where there are several groups of volunteers who set up the hall, prep the kitchen, greet and serve our guests in a restaurant-like environment, and clean up the kitchen and dining hall.
Many Meals is designed to be self-supporting and thus, relies solely on our dedicated volunteers and donations by our generous parishioners. There are, of course, expenses associated with the program. We pay rent to use the CUMC facility. We also purchase the main ingredients for the meal each week to insure consistency. We then request donations of other food and non-perishable items necessary for each meal.
While we are very fortunate to receive both monetary contributions and donations of goods from our parish community, we can use some extra assistance in both areas at this time. Although the meal changes each week, If you are interested in becoming involved in the Many Meals program, please call Kevin Klier, (805) 856-8850 or email [email protected]. We will add you to our distribution list and you will receive a weekly email with the work crew and food donations needed for that week. The program is set up to be very flexible for our volunteers. It is not necessary to make a long term commitment.
We would like to thank our parishioners for their generosity and continued support of the Many Meals ministry. We are blessed to be able to provide this much needed service to our community which takes on particular significance as we move closer to the season of giving.