St. Luke’s Episcopal Church recently donated $2,500 to the Sequim Food Bank.
The church’s monthly food donations from parishioners to the food bank and the weekly free ‘Soup’s On’ luncheon were suspended in March for the duration of the pandemic.
The donation represented the cost of doing ‘Soup’s On’ for 10 weeks plus a matching donation from the church’s Outreach committee, Rev. Diane Moore, deacon, said.
“St. Luke’s is committed to serving the hungry in the Sequim community,” Moore said. “We had been providing an average of 125 bowls of soup, roll, salad and cookie every Wednesday since 2017. These lunches were prepared by church members using supplies from the Food Bank and purchased from local stores.
“St. Luke’s Outreach budget is supported by the monthly Music Live At One concerts, so the money comes from the community and is going back to the community.”
Andra Smith, Sequim Food Bank executive director, said, “We are so blessed to partner with the faith community in Sequim. We could not serve our folks without that partnership”
During the pandemic, the food bank has seen an increase in those hungry in Sequim, and while donations of food cannot be made because of contamination concerns, monetary donations are accepted and are especially needed, Smith said.
St. Luke’s is located at 525 N. Fifth Ave. in Sequim. All are welcome, with services held online.