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June 19, 2020 3:07 PM | Barbara MacDonald (Administrator)

Shopping for FUEL

FUEL is working hard to meet the increase in food insecurity during the challenges of the pandemic and is now being asked for 125 bags each week.  You would help in the following ways:

·       SORTING – Donations and bulk purchases are received daily and need to be sorted and shelved.

·       PACKING – Non-perishable food is packed in three different ways for recipients.

·       DRIVING – Drivers are needed to pick up donations (in Wellesley from St. Andrew’s, at Wegmans, Costco and BJ’s) and to deliver to Epiphany and St. Stephen’s. All work is done wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

Families and individuals are welcomed and encouraged to shop for FUEL You could purchase one item, one of each item or a quantity of one item. Lighter weight packaging (e.g. non-metal) when possible is preferred to minimize total weight.  Please consider the possibilities during your regular grocery shopping or even an Instacart, Amazon or Walmart delivery directly to the church.

Bins are located outside the office doors and bags of food are brought into the church on a regular basis.  

Below is a list of the items FUEL puts in the bags for Newton, Epiphany and St. Stephen’s.


Chicken (canned 12.5oz)

Tuna (canned)

Beans, (pinto, navy, etc.) preferably bagged

Peanut butter (18oz)


Applesauce (individual cups or squeeze portions)

Applesauce (15 oz plastic jar)

Fruit (individual cups)

Fruit (15 oz cans of pineapple, fruit cocktail, pears, peaches or oranges)


Cereal (10-12 oz) or cereal bars

Crackers (10-15 oz box)

Macaroni and cheese

Pasta (1 lb of any type, box or bag)

Rice  (1 or 2 lb bag or box)


Marinara sauce (24 oz, preferably in plastic)

Soup, hearty (10-15oz each)

St. Stephen's is also looking to make fifty $50.00 VISA cards available each week, one per family. These cards will help with incidentals as 98% of St. Stephen's families report having lost at least one job in their household. These cards may be purchased online or in person at Shaw's, CVS or Walgreens throughout the area. These we ask to be sent to the Redeemer Parish Office or dropped off in the mail slot at Redeemer.

FUEL Food Bags and gift cards will be delivered weekly to St. Stephen's every Thursday, as well as FUEL Food Bags for Newton and Epiphany families.

FUEL is a mission initiative founded, funded, and executed solely by Church of the Redeemer.If you are interested in helping out or want to learn more, please contact Velura Perry  


Another way to help is to provide cotton socks and underwear to unhoused men and women.

Commoncathedral is currently in need of Multi packs of Cotton socks and Cotton Underwear Briefs for both Men and Women S, M, L & XL.

These items can be ordered online and shipped to Church of the Redeemer, 379 Hammond St. Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

We have also put a donation bin at the exterior office door for those that wish to pick them up at a store and drop them off at the church.

You can also sandwiches at home for commoncathedral.

Families, singles and couples are invited to make 50 individually wrapped sandwiches, and provide granola bars &/or fresh fruit for common cathedral. Redeemer parishioners can make them in the safety of their home and then deliver them to Emmanuel Episcopal Church (15 Newbury Street, Boston). Here is the Sign Up Genius Link to choose your day!

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PHONE:  617-566-7679
FAX:  617-566-6678

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