One in seven people in Pennsylvania struggles with hunger. In Berks County, the rate is even higher. The congregations of the Reading Lutheran Parish understand the need to serve our neighbors in need. The following food ministries make a difference in the lives of many Reading residents.
On Tuesday night’s, Hope Lutheran Church hosts Hope’s Table, a free community meal followed by worship and Holy Communion. The meals are an important part of the evening for many who would otherwise go without.
Hope Food Pantry
Hope’s Food Pantry fills a vital need in Reading’s fight against hunger. Volunteers gather to help on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Holy Spirit Soup Kitchen
On the second Monday of every month, a small group gathers at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church to prepare a meal for a local soup kitchen. Casseroles and other baked dishes are served through New Journey Community Outreach.
Trinity Courtyard Cafe
Trinity Lutheran Church’s Courtyard Cafe (and Winter Cafe) offer nourishing food for all our neighbors who live and work in downtown Reading. Many of the guests are homeless and many struggle with mental illness. The cafes offer a welcoming atmosphere to visit and share a meal with these children of God. Volunteers are always needed to donate, prepare and serve the meal.
St. John’s Food Pantry
On the second Thursday of every month, St. John’s German Lutheran Church opens its Food Pantry from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Christ Food Distribution
Christ Lutheran Church’s food distribution program helps local families in need. Food is distributed on the second Monday of every month from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
St. Luke’s Food Pantry
On the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church opens its Food Pantry from 1 to 4:00 p.m.