A solution to hunger? Pax Christi Catholic Community has it in the bag! Grab a Burgundy Bag and join in our parish effort to respond to those who are facing hunger in our community. The bags are reusable and are meant to be taken to the grocery store, filled with foodstuffs, and brought back to church for transport to the PROP food shelf. Everyone who drops off a bag of food at the church is invited to take an empty tote bag back home and repeat the process so that the Pax Christi food drive runs continuously.
CLICK HERE to view PROP's current needs list.
More than 40 years ago, People Reaching Out to People (or PROP) was founded on the principle of neighbors helping neighbors by donating time, food, and money to those in need. More recently, PROP has expanded their services to not only meet the basic needs of the 1,100 families but also provide skills to set clients on a path toward greater self-sufficiency. PROP is a recipient of the Burgundy Bag food collection. Pax Christi parishioners generously
donated 14,588 pounds of food to PROP in 2014; 13,984 pounds in 2015; and 12,875 pounds in 2016. Mary Brown, Director of Development for PROP, shares her thoughts about the Burgundy Bag Program.
"Eden Prairie is blessed to be home to some of the largest churches in the state of Minnesota. When other local congregations learned about the success of Pax Christi's burgundy bags in increasing food donations for PROP Food Shelf, they followed the example of their Catholic brothers and sisters and created their own. Currently, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie Methodist Church, and St. Hubert’s Catholic Church offer the bags in their congregations. Wooddale Church also has created them for special food drives. Recently, statewide leaders from Thrivent Financial toured PROP and noticed the great number of cloth bags filled with food donations, many of them burgundy! They were so impressed that they took a bag with them to encourage congregations around the country to use the idea created by Pax Christi and make their own bags for gifts of food. PROP has consistently seen that when these cloth bags are made available on a weekly basis in a community of faith, food donations increase significantly. We are very grateful to Pax Christi for their innovative thinking in creating this new way to lift up the importance of regular gifts of food for our neighbors in need."
Love you all!
Pastor Mary Brown
PROP Development Director
For more information about how to donate to PROP, visit its Web site at www.propfood.org.
Questions about Burgundy Bags, Contact Renee Reardon, Care Ministry Coordinator, at 952-405-7200, or firstname.lastname@example.org.