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Issue 26-1 published March 2015

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Feed the Hungry…

This is one of God’s “directives” to all people.  We must never let others go hungry when we have the  means to provide for those less fortunate. Thanks to so many good people, Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen set another new daily record by feeding 177 hot meals yesterday. Did you know the same day last year was 109 meals? This represents an increase of 63% in one year.

It is easy to think that since much of our food is donated, that the staggering numbers that we are now seeing is not a big strain on our resources. This is dangerous thinking. Larger numbers translates directly to purchasing more paper products, depletion of food stores, as well as higher utility bills and just more general wear and tear on our facilities. This doesn’t even account for the extra physical and mental toll on our staff and volunteers which comes from heavier workloads and more responsibility.

Continued support and prayers are especially important now – more than ever.

- Thank You and God Bless

Happy New Year

In order for our staff and volunteers to have an extra long New Year’s Day Weekend, we will be closed New Year’s Day as well as January 2nd.  We pray for a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous 2015 to all.

Updated Holiday Schedule

Thanks to the young students at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in Boca Raton, FL

Thanks to the young students at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in Boca Raton, FL

It has been a very busy holiday season with many good things happening which means it is time to give our staff a much-deserved break.  We will be closed on Christmas Day as well as the day after Christmas.  We will also be closed on New Years Day.

Christmas Day, Dec. 25th – Closed
Day after Christmas, Dec. 26th – Closed

Normal schedule resumes on Monday December 29th.

New Years Day, Thursday Jan. 1st – Closed
Friday Jan. 2nd – Open

God Is Watching Over Us

20141219_112022We are constantly amazed and gratified by the great and generous people of all faiths and beliefs who believe in the necessity to help those in need.  Now that the Christmas season is in full swing, we have seen some impressive food and toy drives and thankfully we have been able to match these gifts with many local families.

20141219_112304This array of new and unwrapped toys was dropped off recently. The thoughtfulness is astounding and the joy in watching the families with young children pick out a gift is worth all the effort.

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Happy ThanksgivingWe will be closed this Thanksgiving, November 27, 2014.  We hope that all of those seeking food and togetherness find it with others in the community.  God Bless to all.

Friday is open as usual.

Another New Record

162 Lunches in one day is a new recordWe expect a larger number of guests toward the end of the month but last Tuesday was exceptional.  With God’s unending help we were able to serve 162 lunches on that day. The challenge is not only planning, preparing and cooking for such a large number but also the challenge of serving and coordinating the table service all within an hour and a half.

While it may seem we are complaining about all the extra work, it is just the opposite! Our mission is to insure that no one who can make it to our doors goes hungry.  We are there to serve and while we would love for our services to be unnecessary, we know that is not the case and that still many more need a consistent source of food.

Congratulations to our cook Kenny along with our regular kitchen helpers Tony and Nicole as well as all our hard-working and dedicated volunteers.  They are priceless!

Yummy Hot Fresh Food

Complete with fresh Rosemary for a topping and garnish.

Complete with fresh Rosemary for a topping and garnish.

We’re continually amazed at the culinary delights our cook/chef is able to come up with in spite of never knowing what will be available week to week.  Check out these scrumptious-looking turkeys!

Closed for Labor Day

In order to give our staff and volunteers a much-needed day off, we will not be open on Monday September 1st.  And, it couldn’t come at a better time since we crushed our single-day record this week with 159 meals on TuesdayMan_Hammock_Colored.  Our previous high was around 130!  What a day but we are always reminded of the story of Jesus feeding the masses with the measly few loaves and fishes.  With God’s help, and the help of his good stewards who help support this ministry with their time, talents and treasures, we have been able to serve all who come.  Thank you all!!

Thanks to the Elks Lodge 1898 Pompano Beach

Katie with Cathy Coney and Clint Painter

Katie with Cathy Coney and Clint Painter

We are truly amazed and gratified at the support from the Pompano Beach Community!  Clint Painter and Cathy Coney of Pompano Beach, FL Elks Lodge stopped by recently with several boxes of much-needed meat to be used in the direct feeding of the homeless and needy at our daily lunch.