While on a Lenten fast called “the Famine” in February of this year, St. Charles-St. Ann’s newly formed Youth in Ministry (YIM) visited the food pantry and Franciscan Northside Ministries at Assumption Church in Syracuse. The group met Brother Nick Spano, OFM Conv., who ran the pantry and asked him what he really needed the most. He answered “Milk,” so YIM took the funds raised by their members during the Famine and purchased 50 gallons of milk each week for the pantry. The response was overwhelming — the milk flew out of the pantry in just hours and the money was gone in three weeks.
YIM decided they could continue this “Milk Mission.” In order to supply 50 gallons a week, they would need 40 friends of YIM to contribute $10 a month. The YIM members themselves would contribute $1 each time they came to a meeting and that would go into the fund.
To date, YIM has 56 people who have committed to donating to the fund. Since April of this year, St. Charles-St. Ann has delivered 1,200 gallons of milk to the Assumption food pantry.
YIM plans to increase donations come October. They have set aside the first Sunday of each Month as “Milk Mission Sunday” and Faith Formation students will be asked to donate their Milk Money on that Sunday.
Above, YIM members visit the Assumption food pantry during “the Famine.”