St. Augustine Hunger Center and Parish, located on West 14th Street in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, will provide an Easter meal for the 46th year with the prospect of feeding 10,000 people who would otherwise be unable to have a traditional Easter meal.
The hunger center is in need of food donations, financial contributions and volunteers in order to meet the need at the Tremont location and 19 additional homeless shelters, hunger centers and churches across Northeast Ohio.
“Many families are caught in the homeless cycle. There are thousands of people struggling with poverty. Our hunger center is a reflection of the Easter message,” said Father Joseph McNulty, pastor of St. Augustine Parish. “This meal provides sanctuary. Each facility that serves the needy provides hope; volunteers share compassion all while encouraging a renewal of life.”
A hot breakfast will be served 8-9 a.m. on Easter morning at the Merrick House, 1550 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland. Merrick House is near the St. Augustine parish grounds. The St. Augustine Hunger Center will be open 11a.m. to 1 p.m. to serve the traditional Easter meal.
Meals also will be delivered to St. Colman (West 65th Street) and Mary Queen of Peace (Pearl Road) parishes, both located in the city of Cleveland.
In addition to providing meals at these parishes, 22 other hunger centers and nonprofit agencies in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, Summit and Geauga counties have requested meal deliveries to ensure homeless and homebound people will receive a dinner.
With such a big undertaking, many volunteers are needed to pack, serve and deliver the 10,000 meals. The center also is asking for food donations and money to help provide for the less fortunate.
Anyone knowing of a location, person or family in need may request a meal delivery or a ride to a facility that provides the holiday meal by calling St. Augustine at 216-781-5530.
“Monetary donations are appreciated,” Father McNulty said. Donations may be delivered or mailed to St. Augustine Church, 2486 West 14thSt., Cleveland, Ohio 44113.
“Remember the homeless this Easter season,” he continued. “Pray for them and support the shelters that seek to give a hand to those in need.”