The Unsinkable Women of St. John’s in the Heights
This summer lunch program began when the women of St John’s in the Heights realized that 55 percent of the children in the school district qualify for free or reduced lunches. The women wondered what the children would eat all summer. Because hunger knows no season and is not just limited to children, they opened a family lunch program.
This ministry was a blessing to so many people. Children came, along with their caregivers, parents, grandparents; and other people out in the community heard about the program and began to attend as well. Over an eight week period between June and August they served a total of 1652 lunches. This included well over 2000 desserts. The youngest diner was just 2, and the oldest was 96.
The program could never have happened without Miss Mary. She was the chef who took charge and made things happen. The ministerium in Jim Thorpe was also very supportive, with various churches showing up on their week and pitching in to help serve, prep, and clean up.
But this ministry was about more than filling bellies with good food. The women also were able to fill hearts with the love of God. There were many hugs and kisses as the days went by. People had tears in their eyes on the last day. During the final week one little girl asked, “Can this restaurant stay open all year long?”