Stocking Blue Hen Bounty Food Pantry

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Blue Hen Bounty food pantryEpiscopal Camus Ministry (ECM) has asked for help stocking the Blue Hen Bounty (BHB) food pantry that they manage for University of Delaware students who are food insecure and cannot provide ample nutrition for themselves.

There has been a significant uptick in the number of guests visiting since the new school year began. There are special requests written on the dry erase board next to the BHB cabinets with the number one request being for rice donations. Thank you for any assistance.

BHB Donation wish list:

#1 request- RICE
• Diaper wipes
• Lunch baggies
• Plant based milks- oat, almond, soy
• Cooling oil
• Bleach
• Mouth wash
• Cookies
• Fabric softner
• Sugar
• Pinto beans
• Gluten-free foods
• Snack bars- belvita, nature valley, etc.
• Canned fish- tuna, marcel, etc.

Blue Hen Bounty food pantry welcomes donations

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Blue Hen BountyBlue Hen Bounty (BHB) food pantry appreciate all of you for helping fill our pantry! Here is a list of items that BHB is always accepting. feel free to drop these items off during our weekly hours. We thank you in advance.

Blue Hen Bounty, a food pantry that provides supplemental nutrition to  University of Delaware students who are food insecure and cannot provide ample nutrition for themselves. Food insecure students are invited to come to the Blue Hen Bounty food closet by going to the Parish Office at St. Thomas’s Parish, 276 S. College Ave., Newark, Delaware 19711.

Bring and share a meal with ECM – Spring 2022

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Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) is for College-Age Students. ECM is a place to explore and live spirituality in community with University of Delaware students, faculty, staff and parishioners.

These amazing young adults show up, not just for themselves, but for their community. They are always willing to participate with our children and youth, setting an excellent example of growing with God’s grace. Taking time out of their own fellowship, they keep the Blue Hen Bounty food pantry clean, stocked, and running smoothly. Blue Hen Bounty provides supplemental nutrition to University of Delaware students who are food insecure and cannot provide ample nutrition for themselves. And, on occasion, we are blessed to have ECM members participate in our Sunday morning worship services.

They are amazing.

ECM meets every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to help provide the group of approximately 7 with dinner for a future meeting, please sign up for a meeting date on the sign up sheet in the lobby or online through the Sign-up Genius. You are welcome to stay and join this group for the meal and some excellent conversation, or you can drop off or have food delivered. Please do what makes you most comfortable. Your generosity and kindness in providing a meal (home cooked or take-out!) will be greatly appreciated!

If you are not comfortable using Sign-up Genius, contact Sally Price via email.

Thank you God for food and prayer. Teach us how to Love and Share. Amen.

ECM Report for November 2021

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Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) has continued meeting on Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. Aly—our president sends out reminders via Groupme and email. We have also started asking students to confirm their attendance by GroupMe polls in order to share this information with parishioners who have been graciously making dinner for the students and fellowshipping with us. Thanks St. Thomas’s church family!

Blue Hen Bounty (BHB) food pantry has been serving more members of the community during the pandemic. Patronage has not abated this semester or during Thanksgiving break it has increased! Thank you for your ongoing support of ECM and especially BHB.

A big thank you to the St. Thomas’s church family members who have been making dinners for the students. WE LOVE HOME COOKED MEALS! Pizza and fries have been happily exchanged for taco bar, baked ziti, meat loaf, lots of salad and great bread. Thank you so very much!!! Please consider signing up for a Wednesday night to share a meal and fellowship with us this coming semester.

Amy Keach and Teresa Coons attended an ECM meeting and brought dinner! Not only was dinner great, but we learned a lot more about how budgets work and the process of requisitioning funds from St. Thomas’s and the University of Delaware. Thanks again ladies!

Bulletin board decoration in the classroom is in full swing. If you have a moment, please get to know us better by reading about us on our ECM bulletin board in the classroom. We are not done yet; but we are almost there.

The student sexual assault group which was organized in response to the ongoing sexual assault problems on our campus seems to have disbanded following the resolution of the latest well publicized incident. Therefore, our efforts to support their work was not needed.

We received a large donation from a high school-based food insecurity organization called the Diwali Group just in time for Thanksgiving. Tejasvi Pathipati and Arin Nakirikanti, with honorable mention for Navyasri Pathipati (the 6th grade little sister who helped her 11th grade sister) are the fabulous students responsible who are supported in their efforts by their parents. Cana wrote a great article about the donation in the Carpenter’s Helper with pictures.

Thanks St. Thomas’s family,
Denise Burgher, Graduate Convening Adviser

Food Donation for Blue Hen Bounty from Diwali

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Diwali is widely celebrated—it’s an important religious festival for Hindus, but is also observed among Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists—that it has no single origin story. But, while each religion has its own historical narrative behind the holiday, they all ultimately represent the victory of good over evil. Diwali is observed on the 15th day of the Kartik month as per the Hindu Lunar calendar.

This year the festival of Deepavali started on Thursday, November 4, 2021 and lasted for 5 days. For Indians, Diwali is a celebration of togetherness and faith. By lighting Diyas (lamps), they pray to eliminate darkness from our lives and welcome positivity, prosperity, wealth and good luck for the future. However, Diwali is not just about lighting Diyas. It’s an opportunity to open hearts and assist the less fortunate in society.

In 2019, Blue Hen Bounty (BHB) was fortunate to receive a large donation from a high school student who did a food collection as part of their celebration. They did so with with the support of Diwali Food Drive. This year, another two high school students reached out, through the same organization, wanting to support BHB: Tejasvi Pathipati and Arin Nukiranti.

These youths, and their fathers and siblings came on Wednesday morning with a SUV full of non-perishables. They were very interested in knowing what was on the patrons’ wish list, and learning more about how the bounty is publicized. They enjoyed the experience and will be doing more service like this in the future. The relationship between BHB and Diwali Food Drive will continue.

It’s of note that since the last Diwali Food Drive donation in 2019, both their organization and the Blue Hen Bounty have grown despite a global pandemic that has slowed down almost everything else. BHB has literally doubled in size, as has the number of universities that Diwali Food Drive works with. The number of people experiencing food insecurity has also grown during this crazy time, and it is amazing that with all of the volunteer restrictions and social distancing, both groups have boldly stepped up to give comfort and dignity to their neighbors in need.

ECM update for September and October 2021

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ECM decided to change our meeting days from Sundays at 5:30 p.m. to Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. The choice to meet on Sundays was meant to facilitate the participation of more members—both on Zoom and in person. But, with the beginning of the semester and the complete return of students to in person classes, the decision was made to return to our original date and time. Aly—our president sends out reminders via Groupme and email.

In September 2021, we had a Spaghetti dinner for the St. Thomas’s family as a thank you for all the support we have received form the parish. We made whole wheat pasta, vegetarian sauce and served garlic bread. This went over very well, especially with Sunday school group. People seemed pleased with our efforts—and we served every last bite!

Blue Hen Bounty (BHB) food pantry has not stopped serving the community during the pandemic, over Winter break and into the Fall 2021 semester. We have seen a predictable uptick in patronage which has severely depleted our pantry. In response, we emailed Blue Hen Vets and asked them for help—they responded generously as always, and we asked the St. Thomas’s Family for help as well. Donations have been coming in and we are grateful. Please keep us in mind when you shop. In our Fellowship Hall, there is a neat whiteboard in the classroom which has our wish list items on it. When you make purchases, please leave them in the classroom and we will sort and put them away.

We began the exploratory process of determining ECM’s eligibility for the last disbursements of the CARES Act grant courtesy of New Castle County. Unfortunately, we are not eligible because of the funding criteria. Please do keep us in mind if anyone hears about another grant opportunity for BHB. Shout out to Cana and Amy for always alerting us to opportunities.

We asked Cana to distribute a sign-up sheet for ECM dinners. We ask parishioners to make dinner for us and join us in fellowship on Wednesdays. We are roughly seven in number and there are no known food allergies. We have fond memories of freshly baked challah, white bean chili, Stouffer’s lasagna with garlic bread, curry chicken, grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup and more! Please come and join us! In lieu of parishioner meals, we have been ordering pizza and French fries, which we eat in the kitchen—to give the Girl Scouts some privacy.

In response to an inquiry from a parishioner, we had another discussion about the violent assault that took place recently connected to our campus. As a result, the students decided to reach out to one of the organizers of the protests and verify if we can be supportive during this distressing time. More to come.

We are in the process of working on our budget and will receive support from Amy and Teresa at our next ECM meeting—where they will be sharing a meal with us!

We have begun the process of re-decorating the bulletin boards in the classroom. Please stay posted for our new boards soon!

We are working on our ECM sweatshirts.

Please do remember that Shannon has transitioned from president of ECM to Coordinator of BHB, Aly Hall is our new ECM president, our new ECM treasurer is Claire Wadman with Noah Farnsworth as backup.

With regards,   

Denise Burgher

ECM Convening Graduate Advisor

Bring and Share a meal with ECM

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Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) is a place to explore and live spirituality in community with UD students, faculty, staff and parishioners. They meet every Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

If you would like to help provide our group of approximately 7 with dinner for one of our future meetings please sign up either online or on the sheet in the lobby, which will be posted on the notice board if anyone would like to choose a date to make dinner for us and come and fellowship. Please post any dates you would like on the actual sheet which will be on the notice board by the Fellowship Hall.

We kindly appreciate your willingness to provide our meeting with a meal to share!

Blue Hen Bounty Pantry needs donations

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As you can tell from all the foot traffic in Newark the students are back troves!   The good news is we have more students using our food pantry – Blue Hen Bounty.   The bad news is we are OUT OF MOST EVERYTHING!  

Next time you go shopping please add a can, box, bottle, packet and/or bar for the students.  Or, just bring in something from your pantry.  

ECM students started and continue to run Blue Hen Bounty, a food pantry that provides supplemental nutrition to  University of Delaware students who are food insecure and cannot provide ample nutrition for themselves. Food insecure students are invited to come to ECM’s Blue Hen Bounty food closet by going to the Parish Office at St. Thomas’s Parish, 276 S. College Ave., Newark, Delaware 19711.

Thanks for your generous support.

Spaghetti dinner to benefit Blue Hen Bounty

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Dear St. Thomas’s Family,

Please come and join us for dinner on Sunday, October 3, 2021, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. We are having spaghetti–meat and vegetarian options. Stay or grab a to-go container as we “see” each other and fellowship.

We would LOVE your presence and if you can bring a cash or in-kind donation for our Blue Hen Bounty, food pantry for students who are food insecure. All items accepted but cooking oil, detergent–pods, bath soap, feminine hygiene products, and seasonings–salt, pepper, thyme are high priorities.

Please click on the Sign up link so we can plan accordingly.Thanks!

Blue Hen Bounty food pantry needs

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Now that the students are back Blue Hen Bounty is experiencing an up-tick in clients. We currently need all kinds of soaps.

Dish Soap
Laundry Soap
Cleaning Soap
Face Soap
Baby Shampoo
Men’s and Women’s deodorant  

Thanks for your support.