St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
To know and follow Christ, and to help others know and follow Christ

Neighborhood Meals

Service with a smile

Neighborhood Meal and Enrichment Program Overview


The Neighborhood Meal and Enrichment Program provided a warm, nutritious meal, for (but not limited to) the Wellington Heights, Mound View, and Oak Hill neighborhood children and their families. Noon meals were provided at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for the neighborhood children and their families. The meals were prepared and served on site. Six community churches helped to sponsor the program. This was the twenty fourth year for the program. A total of 6,251 meals were prepared and served during the summer of 2015.

     1. At St. Paul’s United Methodist Church: 6,251 meals were served. In addition to the total number of whole meals served, 122 second servings of fruit and vegetables were served.

     2. The Program operated daily Monday through Friday for eleven weeks.

     3. Volunteers worked a total of 1267 hours during the summer of 2015.
     4. 280 different Volunteers worked with the program.

     5. Volunteers served beverages in the dining room. Volunteers helped prepare and serve meals in the kitchen. The persons served then cleaned their own area when finished eating. Some days when there were not enough volunteers, neighborhood persons volunteered their help.

     6. The NMEP worked in collaboration with the St. Paul’s UMC SPRINT summer youth program.

     7. The NMEP employs a Program Director and a Bookkeeper part time year around. In addition, the NMEP employs one Food Production Manager, and a Greeter during the summer months.

     8. Funding for the NMEP came from private donations, community donations, pledges from the sponsoring Churches, and the Summer Food Service Program for Children. The program received food donations from some private individuals, produce donations from Hy-Vee Grocery Store, and has access to the HACAP Food Reservoir. There is no one source of continuous funding for the program, and so fund raising is a continual, on-going process.

     9. To eliminate any barriers to service, there is no charge for any of the program services for any of the participants.

    10. More adults came with their children to eat this summer.This seemed a positive sign of forming bridges between the program and the entire family unit within the neighborhood.

    11. The NMEP will continue to communicate with other community groups and organizations during the year to be sure there is no duplication of services, and that there is collaboration with other groups whenever possible.

The six churches sponsoring the NMEP in 2015 were: Christ Episcopal, First Lutheran, First Presbyterian, Grace Episcopal, St. Paul's United Methodist, and Westminster Presbyterian.