Brown Bag Ministry
Matthew 25:35 For when I was hungry you gave me to eat....
About Brown Bag
Brown Bag Ministry was co-founded by St. Andrew parishioner Mary Jo Bukowski in March 2005. In 2010, Mary Jo married and relocated to New Zealand, but left Brown Bag Ministry in the hands of many dedicated volunteers.
At Saint Andrew over 1,450 brown bag lunches are prepared and distributed to the homeless, those at risk of homelessness, and those living in poverty every Saturday. Brown Bag Ministry volunteers meet at 9:30 a.m. to prepare the brown bag lunches in either the Fellowship Hall or Early Childhood Center, just look for the Brown Bag Ministry truck.
After the brown bag lunches are prepared, they are loaded up and driven to the Oak City Outreach Center in downtown Raleigh where a portion of the brown bag lunches are distributed. This is an opportunity for families and small groups to come face-to-face with the homeless and those living in poverty. The Oak city Outreach Center is safe and everyone downtown looks forward to seeing the Brown Bag Ministry truck and our volunteers. The remaining brown bag lunches are distributed by various ministries to communities in and around Raleigh and Durham.
Brown Bag Ministry is also responsible for preparing and serving two hot lunches every month. The hot lunches are prepared and served on the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Brown Bag Ministry prepares the meal in the St. Andrew kitchen and cooks enough to feed 175-200 individuals.
Key events and projects that Brown Bag Ministry highlights every year include the following:
- April-May: Rice and Bean Collection for migrant workers in southwest Wake County.
- September: Preparing and serving lunch for the Capital Area Rally for Recovery.
- October: Preparing and serving lunch for the Capital Area Veterans Stand Down.
- November-December: Christmas Eve Gift Bags for the South Wilmington Street Center.
Please go to the Brown Bag Ministry Donate tab, to view a calendar of items Brown Bag Ministry – Apex will be collecting each month of the year.
Volunteers from area churches (of all denominations) and their youth groups, Scout Troops, Y-Tribes, young adult clubs, service organizations, high school and college clubs and societies, and many other organizations, as well as families and individuals help prepare and distribute the brown bag lunches.
Brown Bag Ministry would not be possible without the financial generosity of many companies, organizations, and individuals.
Brown Bag Ministry also serves out of the following churches in Wake County. If one of these churches is closer to you to, please go the Brown Bag Ministry Site tab to see when these sites operate and for volunteer opportunities:
- St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest, NC
- St. Eugene, Wendell, NC
- St. Francis of Assisi, North Raleigh, NC
- St. Philip Lutheran Church, North Raleigh, NC
How Can You Help?
There are many opportunities to help Brown Bag Ministry. Brown Bag Ministry is in need of volunteers to prepare brown bag lunches on a weekly basis. Families and individuals are welcome to walk-in at St. Andrew to volunteers, but groups must schedule online. Group volunteers can go to the Brown Bag Ministry Volunteer tab to schedule a date to serve with Brown Bag Ministry.
Brown Bag Ministry also accepts food, monetary, and other miscellaneous donations:
- For non-perishable food items, please leave these items in the Donation Drop-off Room near the St. Andrew church offices.
- For monetary donations, please make checks payable to Brown Bag Ministry and mail to Brown Bag Ministry, P.O. Box 512, Apex, NC 27502.
- For other donated items, please call (844) 538-4673 to arrange a drop off.
Brown Bag Ministry is a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization, with all donations tax deductible up to the IRS limit.
David Legarth, BBM Chair, (919) 244-7609(c),
Mary Gillespie, Parish Council Liaison,