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Monday Night Meals

MONDAY NIGHT MEALS PROGRAM (MNM)
 
What is Monday Night Meals?  The Monday Night Meals program was started about 20 years ago by a few First Lutheran members who answered the challenge expressed in the parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25:34-40.
 
"Come, you who are blessed by my father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you look after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."
 
Then, the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?" The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." [New International Version]
 
Our first teams took food every week to hungry neighbors at Alondra Park near Redondo Beach Boulevard and Prairie near El Camino College. After a while, some of the neighbors complained about all the homeless people hanging around the park, so the location was moved to St. John's Lutheran Church on Crenshaw Blvd. near Rosecrans Ave., in Gardena.
 
This program had no official name. It was just called "Feeding the Homeless." We later found out that not all the people we served were homeless. They were just out of a job or had low incomes or were otherwise in need of a free meal.  Thus, we changed the name to Monday Night Meals or MNM, not to be confused with a candy of a similar name.
 
We now have one team for each Monday. The team purchases, prepares, delivers, and serves these meals. Each team consists of cooks, helpers, servers and a driver. The cooks and helpers start preparing meals about 2 pm. The servers and a driver load up the vans at 6 pm. They deliver and serve the meals at 6:30. Each week, the team serves from 70 to 120 people.
 
The meals consist of a main dish, vegetable, salad, bread, dessert, and a drink. The main dish varies from casseroles to lasagna, stir fry, jambalaya, chicken, or ham.
 
How is this program funded? A small portion of funding for Monday Night Meals comes from the First Lutheran Church and School Mission Board budget. The program also receives designated contributions from FLCS members and friends.  ELCA World Hunger has also provided Domestic Hunger grants to support Monday Night Meals. Gifts are welcome at any time from individuals and businesses.  If you represent a business that would like to make in-kind contributions, we can give you a letter with the First Lutheran tax identification number and a description of the program. We can use surplus canned or packaged goods, fresh produce, meats, paper goods, and/or food samples. Food donations come from Stillman Sawyer Family Services Center (Salvation Army).
 
How can I get involved?  If you can be a part of one of our Monday Night Meals teams, please contact the Church Office and leave a message for Mary Stewart at:  310.320-9920 ext. 101 -- or email: church@flchurch.org.