(CLEVELAND, OH) – For the 46th year, St. Augustine Parish plans to provide a full Thanksgiving meal to any person in need or to those living alone on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. This year, the parish and Hunger Center, located on West 14th St. in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, anticipate preparing and distributing more than 20,000 meals.
“The need is great and our community is in need of food donations and for people to volunteer in order to serve as many as possible this Thanksgiving,” said Father Joseph McNulty, St. Augustine Parish pastor.
On Thanksgiving morning, St. Augustine Hunger Center will provide a hot breakfast 8-9 a.m. Beginning at 11 a.m., the full Thanksgiving dinner will be served on the church grounds and delivered to St. Colman (West 65th Street), St. Andrew Kim (West 14th Street) and Mary Queen of Peace (Pearl Road) parishes in Cleveland. In addition to serving those in parishes in the Diocese of Cleveland, requests for Thanksgiving meal deliveries were made by 28 different hunger centers and nonprofit agencies that support the homeless and homebound in three different counties.
Volunteers are needed to pack, serve and deliver Thanksgiving meals. Donations of turkeys or cash also are needed so that the parish can purchase turkeys and not deplete what is allocated to support the daily meal service at St. Augustine Hunger Center during the winter season.
“We face a real difficulty in being able to provide this meal as we struggle to financially to meet the daily needs of our Hunger Center, while at the same time trying to raise money for the Thanksgiving meal. We need your help,” Father McNulty said.
The Hunger Center also is reaching out to those who need a meal to be provided. To request a meal delivery or for a ride to a facility providing the holiday meal, call St. Augustine at 216-781-5530.
Donations may be delivered/ mailed to St. Augustine Church, 2486 West 14th St., Cleveland, OH 44113.
Contact: Brooke Uehlein
216-696-6525 Ext. 4460