Today is National Unity Day, but you’d never know it by looking at the headlines and news. Everyday at The Table at St. George’s is National Unity Day – Kindness/Acceptance/Inclusion. Yesterday the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank came in to do their annual inspection of our food pantry. One of the questions concerned who we allow to shop. Our answer was anyone who walks in the door and asks for food. We invite them to come back weekly as long as they have a need. Another question was about the area we serve. We have people come from Manassas, Triangle, King George, Caroline, Orange, Stafford, Spotsylvania, as well as Fredericksburg. We even serve people passing thru Virginia who have been told to go to The Table.
One of our regulars told us that when she wakes up on Tuesday, she is happy because she knows she will be welcomed at The Table where she’ll find community and veggies! How lovely is that!! The fields and orchards are almost done for the year. A volunteer commented last night that he is seeing more people on the street, and we definitely experienced an upturn in numbers last night. The woolly worms are supposedly predicting a rough winter. Someone handed me a bag of potatoes for The Table & said it was a Buy One/Get One deal at her store, but she could only use one. Every grocery store seems to have an abundance of offers like that & if you can’t use the extra box, can or bag yourself, please think of The Table. We can definitely use it.
Volunteer and Get Involved
The Table and our Community Dinner ministries are in need of volunteers. Our produce team needs adult and teen volunteers on Sunday afternoons from 2:30 – 4 p.m. to meet and unload the fresh produce from the farm truck. Crates can weigh up to 40 lbs., so a little muscle helps. 3rd Monday of the month Community Dinners need to update their list of volunteers. If you are able to come serve, clean up, wash dishes between 4:30 to 7 p.m., please let us know. For both – Contact Grace in Action to get involved.