Church meal program aids Minneapolis tornado victims

May 24, 2011


Mobile Loaves and Fishes helped in the recovery following the tornado that hit North Minneapolis last Sunday, May 22.

The joint MLF venture between St. Joan of Arc and Knox Presbyterian Church has been serving the homeless and working poor on weeknights for 14 months, reports Father Jim DeBruycker, pastor of St. Joan of Arc. A lunch truck stocked with sandwiches, chips, fruit, drinks and desserts travels to neighborhoods that have people in need of food.

Father DeBruycker noted in an email:

“On Sunday minutes after we heard of the devastation in North Minneapolis caused by the tornado, volunteers came together and made up over 400 meals. The meals were distributed Sunday evening to people who had lost their homes and to the police who were working in the area.

“Mayor [R.T.] Rybak and Councilman Don Samuels requested that we deliver meals to the devastated area again on Monday evening. On Monday the truck traveled to the center of Sunday’s devastation. In less than 45 minutes we had given away over 400 meals.

“Funds are needed to purchase food to continue to deliver dinners to people who have lost everything. If interested in donating, please write a check to ‘Mobile Loaves and Fishes’ and mail to St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419.  Mark McClelland heads up the ministry.”

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