It is that time of year again when FCC provides meals to the Night Shelter at St. Vincent de Paul’s Annex. Our support has evolved over many years based on the needs of the Annex residents and staff. This year, because of Covid, FCC volunteers will not be physically in the Annex building and we will only provide a couple of dinners a week over an extended period of time. For other dinners and breakfasts, the Annex staff prepares the meals. There are currently about 60 people (including 15 children under the age of 5) living at the Annex.

The FCC Shelter Committee has offered to provide two meals, Friday and Saturday nights, two times per month through May 2022. Our first weekend will be February 11 and February 12. FCC volunteers will provide a pre-made dinner on Fridays and a home cooked meal on Saturdays. We will assess how this works and consider extending home cooked meals to both nights if there is sufficient interest from the congregation; we’ll also assess whether to extend our commitment beyond May.

Here’s how dinner will work:

On Fridays, an FCC Shelter Committee member will shop for pre-made dinners for the Friday meal. Shoppers will also pick up some perishable foods such as fresh fruits and salad. The shopper will deliver the groceries to the Annex. On Saturdays, congregation members will prepare meals at home from provided, simple entrée recipes which serve approximately 15 adults. Volunteers will deliver their entrée to the door of the Annex. Disposable pans will be available at the church for your use.

What else can I do to help?

FCC will also help fill the Annex pantry with items needed and identified by the Annex Kitchen Manager/Cook. This year FCC will also include some personal items much needed by the residents. If you would like to donate items, claim specific items on Signup Genius and then drop off in the FCC lower parking lot on Sunday, February 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.

If you would like to make a financial donation to help purchase meals, CLICK HERE TO DONATE FUNDS. Select “Give to Family Shelter” in the drop down menu. Or, you can mail a check directly to FCC with “family shelter” noted in the memo line.

Thank you for your participation in this long-standing and much loved ministry of FCC. Being community does make a difference in our neighbor’s lives.