Grace Church Food Pantry
The Food Pantry, located across the hall from the Church office, provides food staples to needy families and individuals. The program is supported primarily by cash donations from parishioners, which are used to purchase food at the Capital Area Food Bank and the Foodway Store on Glebe Road. Students and their parents from Grace school are also active contributors.
The pantry is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 1-3 pm and Fridays from 6:30-7:30 pm. Volunteers who greet and disburse food bags are critical, and we always need more! Generally, volunteers serve once a month. If you are interested, please contact Khacki Berry, our coordinator.
Brown Bag Lunch Program
Once every 6-8 weeks, parish volunteers prepare sandwiches and pack lunches for the homeless and jobless. The lunches are taken to Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, on Alfred Street in Alexandria, for distribution. We share this ministry with other churches on a rotating schedule. Volunteers are essential, both to prepare and to serve. Please contact our coordinator Linda Waskowicz for more information or to volunteer.
Three different parish groups take turns supporting this ministry once a quarter. The Outreach Committee, the Lay Eucharistic Ministers, and the Grace School Parents' Association rotate monthly to prepare and serve a hot meal at Carpenter's Shelter. The Church Office can also match you with one of these groups. The Grace Church Outreach Committee also supports this vital program with an annual financial grant.
Volunteers for Meals-on-Wheels deliver two healthy meals a day to home-bound seniors. Senior Services of Alexandria oversees the program. A professional staff cooks and packages the meals, and volunteers are needed to deliver them.
Grace Church delivers on six routes (for 60 meals) on the first Friday of the month. A driver and runner are assigned to each route; we are especially in need of runners. Time commitment is about two hours once a month. Please contact the Church Office for more information.