We’re Starting a Food Pantry
In December, the Love in Action Core Ministry Team began conversations with Augustana University administration, staff, campus ministry, and students to discuss if there was a way Our Savior’s could provide food, companionship, and hospitality for Augie students.
In response to those conversations, we invited you to help collect care packages for Augie students who stayed on campus over the Christmas break. Your generosity was astonishing! You responded with several dozen care packages. Additionally, OSL collected several hundred dollars in cash, all of which went to purchase food for additional care packages.
Then we invited Augustana students to Wednesday midweek meals in December, and to the meal served on Christmas Eve. We also took about twenty care packages to Augie for the administration to distribute to students over the break.
Here’s what’s next. In light of your enthusiastic response and our ongoing conversations with our partners at Augustana, we have decided to begin a food pantry for Augustana students. Details are still in development, but we envision a space stocked by OSL members, run by students, and open to all students throughout the year—any time they find their fridge empty and their meal plan used up. We hope to launch the food pantry over spring break, just a few short weeks away.
Now the Love in Action team needs your help again! Watch for your opportunity to donate to the project; or volunteer to help coordinate this ministry, which would involve organizing the space, helping shop for food, and working with Augie students and staff. Contact Pr. Justin, firstname.lastname@example.org, to find out more.