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Our Bag, Our Community

 “There are things in life that are ‘yours,’ things that are ‘mine’ and things that are ‘ours.’

When people are hungry, food is ‘ours.’” – Fr. Jim Lyons

How it Began

Fr. Jim Lyons, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Gladstone, made this simple pitch to his parishioners in the mid-1970s to kick off a holiday food drive, “There are things in life that are ‘yours,’ things that are ‘mine’ and things that are ‘ours.’ When people are hungry, food is ‘ours.’”

He then distributed grocery bags with the simple message: “Our Bag.” St. Charles Parish has continued this holiday tradition ever since. 

Join Us

Fr. Lyons’ message was simple, yet profound. As our culture and our gadgets entice us to become more cocooned, it is good to re-engage with the needs of the broader community. What better time to do so than the Christmas season. 

Every day at our Centers, we see people who do not have enough food. They come to our pantries and to our community kitchen, One City Café, for lunch and dinner. 

We ask you to join our effort. You can participate by making a donation or if you’d like some of our “Our Bag, Our Community” red bags for your own mini-food drive, we’ll send them to you. Let’s see how many bags together we can fill.

Thank you to all who joined us in 2019!

Check back here for opportunities to participate in fall 2020

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