Photos and information courtesy of Sister of St. Joseph Betty Matuszek, pastoral minister at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Springfield.
Bake sales are popular fundraisers and the goodies displayed at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Springfield were very popular. The ministry of St. Vincent DePaul at our parish held a very successful one, recently.
The event was for the benefit of two local soup kitchens. Most of the $925 they raised was split between Open Pantry Inc. of Springfield and Lorraine’s Kitchen of Chicopee, to be used for Farmers Market and Food Bank spending. This will help provide fresh fruits and vegetables to kitchen guests, and support the economy of local growers. Meanwhile, the parish is maximizing their year-round food collection by asking for the most needed staples, to add to the seasonal fare.
In July and August, churchgoers can join the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s project by donating pasta sauce, pasta, tuna, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, and rice.
In addition to the bake sale efforts, parish groups at Mt. Carmel often supply meals at the Springfield Open Pantry Soup Kitchen, Loaves and Fishes. Among them is the Women’s Guild of Mt. Carmel, Springfield. Their menu is pasta, meatballs, salad, and brownies.