The sack lunch program was started by Mr. Jim Shannon (4th degree) and is supported by the voluntary efforts of the members of our Council. Jim, a retired Waco native, wanted to fill a need in the community and thus noticed the alarming increase in homeless individuals in the downtown Waco area – particularly the need to feed these homeless individuals and families that were increasing and looking for a lunch, and for some the only meal they would eat that day. As a result, he found an increased interest from not only the homeless, but local families that were affected by the recession, everyday hard-working Americans with no income, have turned up at his doorstep to receive these sacked luncheons.
The sack lunch program started in April 2009 and has continued with a great response. The program has been a success through the random donations of food from local Sarah Lee distributers, HEB discounted purchases, donations from the community and our council, and the voluntary sacrifice our members give in supplying the utensils/supplies and service for the lunch period.
The sack lunch costing of $1 to produce contains a sealed bottled water, a can of Vienna sausages, a pack of crackers, a sealed wrapped spork, and if available, Fruit or a ‘Little Debbie’ as a treat. The lunch is served Monday-Friday, 11am – 12 Noon, and is served directly to the needy community on the intersection of Washington and 14th St. St. Mary’s parish supplies the storage for the supplies and the drop off for the individuals to pick up a free lunch at the parish office.
We would like to extend this opportunity to others in the community as we continue to see this program succeed. We do not exclude any race, gender, religion affiliation, orientation, income level, or standard, we do this as a good cause to make a difference and support the community in Waco to ensure we all have a chance to survive and make a difference in the downtown district. We started serving 300 lunches in April 2009 and now have doubled the amount – and that is just by word of mouth!
The Knights of Columbus Council #1358, a non-profit community organization (501(c) 3) will place 100% of your donation to supply the sack luncheon the purchase of the wholesale price of Vienna canned sausages, cases of sealed bottle water, pack of crackers and additional utensils/toiletries needed for the pack. Any donation is acceptable, and will be greatly appreciated, we hope to continue this program and have your support with us.
Our goal is to see this program assist those less fortunate, and help those that may not be homeless but families affected with low income, we hope they will be inspired and motivated to give back as well by joining our effort and recognizing this great need right in the center of downtown Waco. We hope to make the pack up to health standards and meet the needs of society to provide nutritious foods and give the local community the service they deserve. Thank you for your time and support of our effort.