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St. Mark’s Parishioners Will Match Donations for Hunger Relief

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‘Five Loaves, Two Fishes’ Campaign to Benefit Five Local Organizations

Although the pandemic has put St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s annual Chocolate Festival on hold this year, parishioners have stepped up in another creative way to combat hunger and food insecurity in the community. The Five Loaves, Two Fishes campaign will match each dollar given to five local hunger relief programs—up to $6,000—doubling the impact of donations to organizations straining under an increase in demand for their services.

“For more than 20 years, the St. Mark’s community has enjoyed raising thousands of dollars for local food pantries—while also having indulgent fun—at our Chocolate Festival,” said Rev. Suzanne Wade, rector at St. Mark’s. “The pandemic has put this event on hold, but the money we usually raise is needed more than ever. Our outreach team hopes these matching funds will encourage the broader community to support these important lifelines for those hardest hit by this relentless pandemic.”

Although St. Mark’s Chocolate Festival will not take place this year due to the pandemic, parishioners are raising funds to give where needed by matching donations. COURTESY PHOTO

The Five Loaves, Two Fishes campaign will run until Easter Sunday, April 4. Money raised will be divided equally to benefit:

  • The Westford Food Pantry
  • Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, serving Ayer, Shirley, Devens, Dunstable, Harvard, Groton, and Littleton
  • The Open Pantry in Lowell
  • Paul’s Soup Kitchen in Lowell
  • Merrimack Valley Interfaith Group family hunger relief program in Lawrence

Residents can donate to the Five Loaves, Two Fishes campaign via credit card or electronic bank transfer by visiting www.st-mark.org/give and choosing 5 Loaves, 2 Fish from the drop-down menu. Or, you can donate via check mailed to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 5 Loaves, 2 Fishes, 75 Cold Spring Road, Westford, MA 01886.

Read more here: https://www.st-mark.org/news/st-mark-s-parishioners-create-matching-fund-to-double-donations-for-hunger-relief

For more information, visit www.st-mark.org or call: 978-692-7849.