Every Tuesday morning, under the guidance of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, these students are just some of a large group from Aquinas College who help prepare lunches at St Mary Immaculate Church for children who might otherwise go hungry at school.
The Loaves and Fishes programme has been running for many years , but the need in Tauranga and surrounding areas is as great as ever.
Providing young children with food at school is a great way of breaking the poverty cycle as children attend school more regularly and are also able to concentrate better with a full stomach.
The Touchstone of Service enacted by these students brings to life Jesus’ teaching to the apostles when he said ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
Great work, great service and Faith in Action!