|Catholic Charities’ Parish Social Ministry program presented its Annual Matthew 25 Award on Sunday to Our Lady of the Snows’ kitchen ministry: Our Lady’s Kitchen. The award includes a $5,000 grant which the food ministry will use to cover the cost of a new stove exhaust system necessary to keep the kitchen operational. Our Lady’s Kitchen serves a full-course, hot meal every Sunday and provides emergency food assistance for those who struggle during the week. The ministry serves approximately 4,000 adults and children every year regardless of faith affiliation. With no paid staff, Our Lady’s Kitchen operates through the support of volunteers ages 12 to 85 who donate more than 3,800 hours a year toward feeding the hungry.
“Our Lady’s Kitchen embodies what Matthew 25 is all about, serving those in need in a genuinely caring and compassionate manner,” said Michael Smith, Director of Mission and Catholic Charities Maine who presented the Award.
Designed to support parishes in their efforts to serve vulnerable people in need, regardless of their faith affiliation, Matthew 25 grants help parishes expand the capacity to serve more people within a current direct service ministry or to help develop a new social ministry. Parishes across the state of Maine are invited to apply annually for the grant awards.
Pictured from left to right: Michael Smith, Director of Mission at Catholic Charities Maine with 2018 Matthew 25 award recipient Kathie Lombard and Ed French, Catholic Charities’ PSM Outreach Specialist for the greater Bangor area.