The NOAH Community Meal Program, sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church, is a volunteer group that serves free meals to the public every Sunday in Johnstown, NY. The Regional Food Bank, St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Council of Churches of Fulton County, and other charitable organizations provide funding for food and supplies.
NOAH was started at St. John’s Episcopal Church as a free community meal on Thanksgiving and Christmas. In 1992, volunteers took the initiative to expand the program to a weekly event, serving meals every Sunday of the year. The name "NOAH' derives from those who benefited from the program: “Needy Or Alone & Hungry”. The meals were prepared by volunteers and served to anyone needing companionship and a hot meal. The program still shuns any guidelines for participation – there are no questions asked. Everyone that comes to our table is entitled to a meal.
Today, NOAH serves at least 700 meals each month. This number has climbed to as high as 1400 per month in especially hard times. NOAH has grown into an ecumenical program, including volunteers from all of Fulton County, NY. There are fourteen teams of volunteers, many of them sponsored by local churches and service groups. These teams prepare meals on a rotating basis throughout the year, all prepared and served at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Operating funds for the NOAH program are obtained from generous donations from the members of the local parish and from gifts of other charitable organizations. It also receives financial support from many individual and business members of the community. If you are interested in volunteering for the NOAH program, please call St. John’s church office (518-762-9210) to volunteer your time and talent. If you prefer to support us with funding, donations are graciously accepted – by mail to St. John’s Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 395, Johnstown, NY 12095. Please note that it is for the NOAH program on the check.
Your generous support assures that the NOAH program will continue to expand well into the future. All of our community will see a positive benefit and you will be giving directly to assist those in need.
The 2014 NOAH Team Schedule:
WINE & CHOCOLATE TASTING - 2013
NOVEMBER 1, 2013 at St. Patrick's Masonic Lodge in Johnstown. Ticket prices are $25 for admission to the Main Tasting Room, which will include many tasting tables, chocolate pairings and a bidding table for special items. Our impressive theme baskets are also in the Main Tasting Room for raffle that night. Tickets to specialty wine and spirits rooms will also be offered for $50. As the November 1st date approaches, we will have additional announcements and some surprises that will be included this year!
This event is the primary fundraising event for the NOAH Free Community Meal. The NOAH meal feeds hundreds of people weekly by generous volunteers. But the quality of the food we serve, equipment we use and overhead expenses are all dependent on the financial support of the Wine & Chocolate Tasting fundraiser. Previous Wine and Chocolate nights have raised $10,000 for this much-needed program.
Each year we ask for help from our church family and friends. We encourage all of you to design a fun and unusual theme basket to donate for the raffle at the event. If you’d like suggestions for themes or if you just need to know how to get started, contact Holly Chamberlin or Bonnie Valachovic through the church office.
WE ESPECIALLY NEED EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU TO SELL A FEW ADMISSION TICKETS FOR THE EVENT!
In addition, people are needed to help. We have small jobs for the uninitiated and larger ones for those experienced in the orchestration of parties like this. Please help!
For more information or to volunteer, please call the church office (762-9210) or email Holly Chamberlin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
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