“We are the hands and feet of Christ”
In response to ever-increasing need and to Christ’s mandate to feed the hungry, the St. Matthias Food Pantry provides food each week to needy families at Carver Elementary School in Richmond, Chalkley Elementary School in Chesterfield, Greenfield Elementary School in Chesterfield and to families referred by CCHASM, and by the Central Virginia Food Bank (CVFB).
St. Matthias collects food donated from our congregation and by shopping at the Central Virginia Food Bank each week. Volunteers help stock the pantry, pack bags, shop at the CVFB, and deliver it to the schools as well as to those referred families who come directly to our church. The congregation has been overwhelmingly generous in bringing food donations, and our volunteers are fantastic!
The Pantry’s budget comes from the Church’s Outreach Commission as well as donations from the local community. This achievement was made possible by the generosity of the St Matthias congregation for their financial and food support and the more than 45 volunteers who weekly give countless hours of their time to help those in need. A special thanks to our many partners including grocery chains and other churches.
In 2016 the St Matthias Food Pantry provided food as follows:
At schools – 444 Households
Referrals from CCHASM & CVFB – 346 households
Emergency Walk-ins – 42 households
Households Total - 832
Children - 1,766
Adults – 1,488
Meals – 60,375
We are blessed to have partnerships with many local organizations:
Churches & Civic Organizations
|Central Baptist Church, North Chesterfield, VA||Chesterfield Heights Retirement Community, Midlothian, VA|
|Christ the King Lutheran Church, Midlothian, VA||Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Midlothian, VA|
|St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Midlothian VA||St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, North Chesterfield, VA|
|Salisbury Presbyterian Mission Garden, Midlothian, VA||Employees of Professional Risk, Midlothian, VA|
|Carver Elementary School, Richmond, VA||Chalkley Elementary School. Chesterfield, VA|
|Greenfield Elementary School, Chesterfield County, VA||Providence Middle School, Chesterfield County, VA|
We feel blessed in this ministry and are excited to be able to serve.