Help Needed for Publix Bakery Pickups Monday and Tuesday

The amazing bakery employees at Publix in Margate prepare a grocery basket or two of their day-old items each and every day for us to pick up and use for the dessert in our lunch service. This is how we’re able to serve such yummies like Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Cheesecake!

Sadly, the only way for us to get this is to rely on volunteers to pick it up early morning and deliver it to the soup kitchen.

The details are pick up by 8am at the latest from the Margate, FL Publix Super Market at Palm Lakes Plaza. The store is located at the corner of Rock Island and Atlantic. We have other volunteers for the rest of the week but right now we are needing Monday and/or Tuesday pickups. No special vehicle is needed since the quantities aren’t that large but we do recommend bringing boxes or baskets to protect your vehicle’s interior in case of an unwanted spill.

If you know of anyone who would be able to help, have them please call us at 954-968-7550 asap or use the contact form or via our facebook page.

Campaign Started for a New Roof

We hate to use the word “desperate” but the word unfortunately fits our current situation. It has been suggested that we start a campaign on the popular crowd funding site, GoFundMe so that’s exactly what we’ve done. Please support any way possible and all funds raised will go 100% toward either a new roof or a waterproof coating on the existing roof. Either one will be costly because of the age, size and present condition of our 40+ year-old building. Please visit our Page https://www.gofundme.com/2q8qg6jk.
Click Here to access our GoFundMe Campaign Page.

Pompano Elks Deliver Food to Our Father’s Kitchen

Pompano Beach Elk's Club Photo

Repost from the July 24, 2015 edition of the Pompano Beach Pelican Paper…

Pompano Beach – Elks volunteers meet with Katie Crissy, director of Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen, 2380 Martin Luther King Boulevard. Founded in 1989 by the late Jimmy Rotonno, this facility has been a lifeline for the poor and homeless. Last month this organization served over 3,064 meals. In addition, volunteers offer backpacks, bottled water, clothes and shoes to all who ask for help. Pictured with Crissy are Frank Seller, Elks volunteer and Cathy Coney, Exalted Leader for Elks Lodge 1898, Pompano Beach. The Elks Lodge donated boxes filled with food supplies for the food mission. Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen, Inc. is a charitable tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to feeding the homeless and needy without discrimination. For more information, call 954-968-7550.

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

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.

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!

New Items on Our Wish List

AgingVanUnfortunately, we are rapidly approaching the day when we will have to retire our aging van.  She’s costing too much in repairs.  We are praying for a donated cargo van.

This van is used almost every day for food pickups at local restaurants, food drives, grocery stores, etc. so our ability to feed those in need is heavily dependent on this vital piece of equipment.  Our mechanic assures us, she doesn’t have many days left in her.

Merry Christmas

Baby Jesus with Mary and Joseph

During this time of waiting for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord and

Savior, we are even more aware of the troubles of those around us.  It is surprising how many of our regular visitors to our soup kitchen have issues other than poverty.  Many are afflicted with severe mental and physical handicaps while others are saddled with a prison record or felony conviction which severely hampers their employment opportunities.

For those without family and friends to rely on for support, we like to think of our ministry as a “home away from home” which is why the focus is on providing a clean, non-preachy, and peaceful refuge.  In order to do this we are in constant need of prayers and monetary support as well as creative and heart-felt programs to help those in need to find their way out what many see as a hopeless situation.

We will be closed on Christmas Day as well as New Year’s Day.  The rest of the time we have decorated the dining room with cards made from a local school and other Chistmas decorations.

Please accept our wishes for a safe and wonderful celebration of the baby Jesus.

 

Special Lunch Service Thank You

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We were recently blessed by a wonderful group who provided a special lunch with food from Pollo Tropical. Not only did they bring all the chicken and sides, they stayed to help serve and clean up.

Our guests were pleasantly surprised by this treat. The young gentleman who organized it, wanted to do something special to help others on his own birthday. Thank you Richie and your amazing group.

The Demand is Great

While food donations for our daily hot lunch and bagged lunch programs remain stable, we are always in short supply of non-perishable items to be given out to our families with homes that are still in very short supply of food. We are blessed to have such organizations such as St. Coleman’s Catholic Church in Pompano, which performs a monthly food drive at their masses and donates much of this to our organization. Unfortunately, we still run short every month and are often unable to help all of the hungry that come to us for assistance.  It is heartbreaking and frustrating.

Of course our biggest need remains cash donations. The day-to-day operation, while streamlined so that every penny is used efficiently, is still a huge undertaking. To feed and clothe hundreds of people each week takes a toll on our resources which need to be maintained and repaired. Even our van used for pickups is showing its age and is overdue for a replacement.

Recently the numbers of people we serve have been growing due to cutbacks at some of the other feeding programs in Broward County and we are struggling to keep us with this demand. Please consider a cash donation or providing something from our Wish List page. Your life will be truly blessed by your generosity.