Here's just a small sampling of the ways we get involved in our community.
AIDS LUNCH PROGRAM
The AIDS Lunch Program of St. Andrew & St. Charles has been among the longest continuing programs in the Los Angeles Area. We are currently in our fourteenth year of providing lunches to AIDS outpatients at the Los Angeles County USC AIDS Clinic. Our program consists of three groups:
- Shopping for food and service items
- Preparing sandwiches on the first Tuesday of each month.
- Driving to the clinic and serving the prepared lunches on the first Tuesday each month.
Typically two varying members of this terrific team deliver the sandwiches together, and most don’t drive more often than every three months or so. This is an incredibly rewarding program, from working with some of the nicest folks from the parish during the prep stages to meeting some truly grateful friends at the clinic.
Our food pantry is another long-running program at St. Andrew & St. Charles. For more than 20 years, donations of food items have been received at the church and distributed through our food pantry to families and individuals who are in need. Bags of items are distributed weekly, on Thursday mornings between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Food items are donated by Parish members then our group of volunteers shops for additional needed items, organizes the bags and distributes the bags to the folks who visit our kitchen.
The following is a list of suggested items to donate to this terrific program:
- Cereal (8-12 oz.)
- Jelly/Jam (18 oz.)
- Peanut Butter 18 oz.)
- Soups (10.75 to 12 oz.)
- Canned Veggies (15 oz.)
- Canned Fruit (15 oz.)
- Tuna/Chicken (5 to 12 oz.)
- Pasta1 (lb.)
- Pasta Sauce (26.5 oz.)
- Mac & Cheese (7.25 oz box)
- Rice (bulk size) for repackaging by Pantry Saff
- Whole uncooked beans (bulk size) for repackaging