PREPARING MEALS FOR NEW IMMIGRANT FAMILIES
August 11, 2022
The UMC in the Baltimore Washington Region has been involved in supporting newly arrived migrant persons who are being bused from Texas to North Eastern locations. These migrants arrive with legal status but without clear living situations, opportunities for work, or connections.
The most recent e-connection newsletter published by the Baltimore Washington Conference made a specific appeal for help.
EPWORTH is working through our own contacts to support those who are arriving specifically in Gaithersburg. Oscar Alvarenga and the Lord's Table have been at the forefront of feeding families and helping them get basic needs. Epworth's thrift store has become a revolving door full of clothing for newly arrived persons. In addition, Epworth's kitchen and fellowship hall are used during the week to pack dinner to be delivered.
Consider signing up to drop off of “home” cooked meals for 60 people at Epworth United Methodist Church, 9008 Rosemont Drive in Gaithersburg. OR contact Oscar to help pack meals when food is purchased/delivered.
Dinner drop off 5-6pm (times can be flexible). (After signing up, you will receive an email with additional instructions). The meals will be provided to the migrant families who are temporarily housed in a nearby motel. Culturally familiar food is appreciated! But not spicy! Rice/beans/chicken/beef, salads/veggies, desserts, fruit and snacks – enough to feed about 60 people please.
“Cooked meals will go a long way. We took rice, beans, and chicken and they all jumped with joy. Snacks would be great, pudding, fruit cups, ready-to-eat popcorn, even a cup of noodles soup, or/and any fruit.”
Also needed, if you or someone you know wants to include when you drop off:
rolls of quarters for the folks to access the laundry machines
feminine hygiene products
paper goods for the meals
Giant gift cards
We are grateful for the opportunity to be involved and desire to be a part of the larger work for justice for new immigrant families.