The Episcopal Church announced today that an additional $40,000 in grant money would go to the feeding programs in Ferguson, Missouri run by Episcopal parishes.
St. Stephen’s (Ferguson), Ascension (Northwoods), and All Saints (Saint Louis City) have all been in the forefront of working with the community during the wave of protests and police crackdowns that followed the shooting of Michael Brown by police over a month ago.
The local feeding programs in Ferguson were hard hit during the worst of the unrest. The closure of the business district of Ferguson and the imposition of curfews put pressure on an already strained local economy.
Objectives of the proposal include:
• To implement nutrition education, counseling and food preparation programs at All Saints’ and Ascension Episcopal Churches, as well as replenish and expand the food and personal care products provided through the pantries operated by St. Stephen’s, All Saints’ and Ascension.
• To develop and implement a community collaborative to assist in funding the economic recovery and revitalization of Ferguson-area businesses.
• To develop and implement a public/private sector partnership to extend the reach of the St. Stephen’s, All Saints’ and Ascension food pantries to the homebound in North St. Louis County and City through a mobile service staffed by trained, mentored and compensated young residents of the community.
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