East Falls’ Metro Presbyterian joined with local churches to feed families in need.
With so much of the Easter holiday focused on ham, Easter eggs, and chocolate bunnies, it was easy to forget that many families in our area don’t even get a decent meal.
This year, volunteers at Metro Presbyterian Church helped change that unfortunate fact, if only for one day. They banded together with more than 30 churches across Philadelphia to provide meals to over 4,000 families that would have otherwise gone hungry.
The event, known as Easter Outreach, is a citywide effort that began in North Philadelphia in 2010 with a simple mission: provide the city’s neediest families with an Easter meal in the hope that it leads to lasting connections within the community and offers hope to friends and neighbors in need.
The event has grown so big that it now has a global, as well as a local, focus — additional funds raised during the event funded three wells, which provide clean drinking water to communities in South Sudan.
In our area, more than 100 volunteers from churches in our area and West Philadelphia gathered at the Citylight Church in Manayunk to fill 300 boxes with food items including ham, macaroni and cheese, rice, black beans, corn, brownie mix, the gospel of John, and a letter. They also provided door-to-door delivery service on the Saturday before Easter.
Tim Shin, Director of Worship Ministries at Metro, was excited to be part of the event. “It’s really all about bringing families together. Our ultimate goal is to help heal the many injustices of life and move the community forward. One small way to do that is to gather and eat a meal together as family and friends.”
In the spirit of the humble shepherd who inspires their lives, churches like Metro, literally, feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty: building lasting community bonds, and reflecting loving mercy to all.
Cleanup Coming: Lend a Hand!
On Saturday April 9, join volunteers from Metro, East Falls Forward, and other community organizations to clean up the Falls! Meet at Ridge and Midvale at 9AM to give our business corridor (and Mifflin Arboretum) a little TLC.