Caring for Friends:

3 Great Loves -- Love Your Neighbor

The statistics in Philadelphia speak for themselves: 256,000 persons are age 60 and older.

Philadelphia seniors’ poverty rate is almost double that of PA and the nation.

More than 120,000 seniors have trouble paying for life’s most basic necessities.

13,000 older Philadelphians need help preparing meals; 73% live alone; 40% rarely leave their home.

Aid For Friends is one of the largest and most established home delivered meals program in Pennsylvania, serving 300,000 free dinner meals, 58,000 soups and 42,000 breakfast bags to an aggregate 1,700 home- bound persons each year. They also provide nearly 100,000 hours of friendly visiting annually; and have served more than 16,000,000 meals to 15,000 individual homebound persons over the past 43 years.

At. St. Luke's, our congregation participates in this important ministry to the elderly and homebound. Our members make a goal of preparing fifty meals each month. The prepared meals are then delivered to the Aid for Friends freezers. St. Luke's provides the trays and folks whip up some great tasting dinners for AFF visitors to take. If you would like to learn more about Aid for friends visit their website at Aid for Friends.

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