The Gospel of Matthew tells us: As evening approached, the disciples came to Jesus and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said. Jesus directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
As part of the Social Concerns Ministry, King’s Kitchen is a wonderful program that helps and support people that by any or otherÂ circumstance are less fortunate and cannot afford a meal.
Our parish participates in King’s Kitchen every third and fourth Saturday of the month. The team which is led by Mrs. Agnes Bowman meet at the church cafeteria to assemble meals.
Meals are prepared by the volunteers at their own home. All the cooking ingredients are purchased by the volunteers. There is a delivery crew who take the meals to the senior homes and private residences according to the list that is provided to them.
In addition to Saturday charity service, King’s Kitchen gets together to prepare meals for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. The program receives donations from several local Delis and Restaurants owner that donate the main dishes. The team prepares deserts and side dishes. If there is a leftover will be delivered to homeless Shelter inHoboken, Hackensack and Fairview.
In addition to the donations that restaurants and local delis give us, we also receive donations from some parishioners and the Knights of Columbus who give monetary donations from time to time. Most of the time the donations are in anonymity and the cash that is donated the the team coordinator will use to buy the food that volunteers will need to prepare the meals.
King’s Kitchen really help and support many people not only in Secaucus, but also outside town. The primordial principle of this program is to apply the Gospel message of our Lord Jesus to feed the hungry, help the needy, and support those who are in need.
In ICC there are two teams one for the third Saturday coordinate by Susan Gregory and the fourth Saturday is by our chair person of social concerns Agnes Bowman who is a volunteer for King’s Kitchen since 199o’s.
All the volunteer are people from town, some are parishioners of Immaculate Conception, others from Our Savior Church and also from The Reformed Church. Agnes started as a temporary fill-in and now describes her experience as a blessing for her and the whole family. She said “Although my family didn’t sign up for King’s Kitchen, it ended up being a family event before you knew it.”
She really enjoys doing it and knowing that her work out of love will help and support somebody. She has been experiencing the message of our Lord Jesus when invite us to serve others and to experience love , compassion and mercy through this volunteer work.
King’s Kitchen always look for volunteers and for donations, remember that there is a great joy when we give out of love more than when we received. It is good to received, but the joy is better when we give.
If you are interesting in be part of King’s Kitchen please contact Mrs. Bowman at AgnesBowman10@aol.com
The current volunteers for our parish team are:
- Diana McLaughlin
- Barbara Purcell
- Sandy Walsh
- Michell Eckert
- Robert Rivest
- John Regan
- Pat Foley
- Gladys and Louis Tous
- Neal McGarity from Knights of Columbus
- Few local teenagers for Holidays to deliver meals.