With increased unemployment and poverty in the city Discovery “Food Pantry” ministry is helping hungry families on a regular bases with free food. We seek to do that in a way which preserves the dignity of those we have the privilege to serve. We deal with each family with complete confidentiality.
In our efforts to do this, we are very happy to have partnered with the FEAD (Fund for European Aid) programme which has allowed us to significantly increase the number of of families and individuals we can help each week.
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is the designated managing authority for the Fund for European Aid (FEAD) to the most deprived and has responsibility for the implementation of the programme in Ireland.
The focus of the fund is on those on the margins of society and in need of essential supports. Effectively, the FEAD Operational Programme targets:
- Homeless persons including long-term rough sleepers
- Children in low income/work intensity households
- Victims of domestic violence in refuges and shelters
- Person suffering or recovering from addictions
- Certain members of the Roma and Traveller communities
- Vulnerable persons transitioning to independent living from emergency accommodation, institutionalized care settings or places of detention
- Any person without income, accommodation or means not otherwise defined above
If you are in need or know of someone who is in need please make us aware so that we can find a way to show them Gods love.
When we serve those in need we are not trying to ‘bring’ Jesus into their situation, we merely acknowledge his presence among them, and thus by serving those in need we engage in serving Christ.
Matthew 25 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’