hunger ministry

we are all about feeding people in body and spirit. 

St Paul’s Hunger Ministry feeds over 115 families in the 20895 zip code. We serve families who struggle to make ends meet and put food on their tables. 

On the 1st Sunday of each month (unless we are adjusting the schedule because of a holiday), St. Paul's members and friends gather in Heavener Hall following worship to sort and organize donations. The following day, the 1st Monday of each month, our clients who face hunger come to St. Paul's to receive grocery bags full of pantry staples, donated produce and bread, a hot meal, books for young children, and fellowship. 

One thing we have learned: area food banks are desperate for help year-round. People respond well during the holiday season and food pantries fill to the brim. But as the year unfolds, the need grows and the shelves empty. To meet this need, the St. Paul's Justice and Compassion Team invites you to contribute generously each month. 


If you want to deliver food, have questions about donating groceries, wish to volunteer during distribution, or just want more information, contact the church office at 301-933-7933 or The office staff will get your message to our Hunger Ministry coordinators, and they'll find the best ways for you to be involved!

We welcome non-perishable food, Safeway & Giant grocery store gift cards ($10), and financial donations any time. 

Food Donation Suggestions 

Non-perishable food items can be placed in bins in the church Narthex at any time. All donations are appreciated. We especially need cold and hot cereals, and those items listed below. You can also help streamline our process by packing a full bag with everything a hungry family needs. Please attach a number to your filled bag so we know it's ready to distribute - no additional sorting or packing needed.

  Bag #1  

Rice - 1 bag or large box or 2 small boxes

Beans - 1 bag or 2 cans

Pasta - 1 box or bag

Pasta Sauce - 1 large jar or can

Mac & Cheese - 2 boxes

Chicken Breast - 1 or 2 cans

Tuna (or other fish) - 2 cans

  Bag #2

Vegetables - 3 cans

Fruit (including applesauce) - 2 cans or jars

Peanut Butter - 1 jar

Jelly or Jam - I jar or bottle

Soup - 2 or 3 cans


Please deliver donations to the church on Sunday mornings or throughout the work week, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Food is generally sorted on the first Sunday of the month; food is distributed to families the following day. 

InspireDC FEEDS - Making Meals Possible

For over two years, St. Paul's has served a hot dinner at our Hunger Ministry monthly food distribution. Delivery driver Robert Vickers stops at St. Paul's on the first Monday of each month with trays of food ready to nourish hungry families and hearty volunteers. The meal has been made possible by InspireDC's FEEDS program, which rescues good food, has it transformed by Campus Kitchens, and then delivers it to programs serving those in need. 

St. Paul's has been asked to serve as a partner in helping keep the InspireDC FEEDs delivery van on the road at a cost of $80 a month. (This could easily be done if eight people choose to donate $10 a month toward this ministry.) To learn more or to contribute directly to broader Hunger Ministry efforts in this manner, please visit The fundraising deadline has been extended to May 15 due to an uptick in recent interest!

After May 15, please visit to read more and click the "donate" button at the bottom of the screen.

To let us know of your gift, please contact St. Paul's Hunger Ministry coordinator Kim Longsworth:, 301-580-8832. Thank you!

InspireDC explains: 

"Food is more than food to us; it provides an opportunity to not only eradicate hunger, but also transform lives and communities. We need your financial support to secure our ability to move excess food to the places that need food the most. Some of this food is transformed by our partner, DC Campus Kitchen. Some of the food goes directly to free markets. Without our FEEDS director Sherene Harris, or our fulltime driver, Robert Vickers, more than 2,500 people a week would be negatively impacted. Over the past year and a half, we have tripled the amount of food we are giving away without increasing our food costs just because we are a trusted food mover. And the opportunities for picking up more free food keep coming. Please help us keep Robert on the road so that together we can feed the people who are counting on us and more! Your tax-deductible donation will help cover the cost of wages, gas, and maintenance. (Once we secure this route, we'd like to add another driver and expand the network!)

emergency food assistance

In addition to our ongoing Communion Collect monthly food distribution, St. Paul's works with Bethesda Help to deliver a three-day supply of food on weekdays to Kensington area 20895 individuals and families, usually within 24 hours of the request.


If your family needs an emergency delivery of food, please call 301-365-2022.

In addition to 20895, Bethesda Help serves other zip codes. Visit their website for more information about their supports and service area. 

Campus Kitchens

Each month, St. Paul's volunteers and families participating in our Hunger Ministry efforts are invited to enjoy a hot meal and time of fellowship in Heavener Hall when they arrive to pick up their grocery items. The dinner comes to us monthly through the Campus Kitchens Project.

Based in Washington, DC, the Campus Kitchens Project links schools large and small with volunteers dedicated to helping end hunger and reducing food waste. Volunteers recover good food from cafeterias and university food services programs that goes unused and would otherwise be thrown out. Volunteers and partners then help prepare fresh dishes and deliver meals to community-based programs like ours in neighborhoods throughout their local area.

College student and youth volunteers gain first-hand experience in community service and leadership, and the Campus Kitchens initiatives also provide culinary training and educational opportunities for underemployed adults. There are currently over 60 schools across the nation participating in Campus Kitchens.

To learn more, visit


Hungry Harvest 

Because of shifts in their donation model, Hungry Harvest will no longer be able to supply monthly produce for our Hunger Ministry. 

If you remain subscribed, you will be supporting Hungry Harvest’s good work in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools to bring much needed produce to food deserts. 

St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry is investigating alternative ways to provide a reliable stream of healthy produce to our 20895 families. Thanks to all who subscribed in the past and helped provide fruits and vegetables to our neighbors in need in this way.

Visit Hungry Harvest to learn more about Hungry Harvest's mission, delivery area, and sign-up options. 

Rise Against Hunger

The Justice and Compassion team is thankful for those who packed meal kits for Rise Against Hunger during our Great Day of Service event on April 30, 2017. Our 30,000+ meals were added to a shipping container with another 285,120 meals from the National Capital area warehouse and will be received for distribution by Convoy of Hope in El Salvador. Rise Against Hunger meals will serve 20,000 beneficiaries in El Salvador at 100 different feeding centers in areas where food insecurity is greatest.