Monday, June 20, 2011

Cafe at New Orleans' St. George Episcopal Church helps feed the hungry

From New Orleans-

Just before 8 a.m. on a muggy Sunday morning, the line snaked around St. George’s Episcopal Church on St. Charles Avenue.

A few bystanders engaged in friendly conversation, but most stood silently beneath the stained glass windows until a police officer opened the door and waved them inside. There, a hot breakfast of eggs, sausage, grits and coffee awaited.

The meal was an offering from the Dragon Café, a volunteer effort run by the church’s parishioners that serves approximately 90 breakfasts each Sunday morning. The ministry is named for the monster the church’s namesake saint killed in legend.

The café was started after Hurricane Katrina to feed those without kitchens, said the Rev. Jim Quigley, pastor of St. George’s.

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Soon, it was serving up to 10,000 meals a year — mostly on Thursday and Friday nights — but as funding dried up, the church cut back to one day a week.

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