Sadly, our FUMCFW DiscipleChurch Breakfast team discontinued its weekly service of homemade food and warm fellowship after March 8. Usually more than 20 volunteers bring food to Wesley Hall and welcome guests from the streets to a pleasant hour of hospitality and sharing of the Bread and Cup.
Now, with that opportunity gone, and volunteers still anxious to do something to help that community, the breakfast team has answered a new call — this time from the City of Fort Worth — to provide meals for the 26 social workers and health care workers who are staffing the overflow shelter at the Convention Center. First Street Mission is also providing meals once per week to those who are staffing the convention center.
The overflow shelter became a need when the main Fort Worth homeless shelters needed to limit their capacity to facilitate social distancing. Now some 350-400 guests stay at the Convention Center each night.
Last week another need came into view. Presbyterian Night Shelter is allowing their guests to stay in the shelters all day instead of asking them to leave first thing in the morning. This means that lunches are now needed for those who stay, as well as for the people who leave the shelter to go to construction and other jobs – they need lunch to go.
To fill this need, the Presbyterian Night Shelter requests 300 sandwiches each day. Once again, our church stepped up. Last Saturday we put a team is in place for this Saturday. Anyone interested in being on a team to make sandwiches at home, please contact Charme Robarts (crobarts@myfumc) for details.
Please know that you will not be asked to deliver the sandwiches to the shelter; you will drop them off in the church parking lot and Charme will deliver them to the shelter. All the shelters on Lancaster have asked that food donations be channeled through teams like the one we are organizing.
Kudos to all our FUMCFW people who have answered this call.