GRANITE CITY — For several years St. Peter United Church of Christ at 21st Street and Cleveland Boulevard has hosted a Saturday breakfast for area residents.
This program continues to grow and expand. As many as 300 plates of breakfast food have been disbursed on any given Saturday morning.
These meals are provided on a revolving schedule by members of Dewey Methodist Church, Nameoki United Methodist Church, Niedringhaus Memorial Methodist Church, Gracepoint and Harvest Community Church in Granite City and New Song Fellowship in Edwardsville.
A further expansion of this program has been a food distribution of produce, bread, other bakery goods, vegetables and fruits picked up at the Presbyterian Church in Collinsville in a program sponsored by the Collinsville Area Ministerial Association. This van of food is picked up by a member of St. Peter Church every Friday. The food shipment is distributed to Good Samaritan House, Phoenix Crisis Center, Madison County Mental Health Group Homes, Chestnut Health Systems, two WIC families in the area, several families in Alton and to those attending the Saturday breakfast. Anything left over is taken to Community Care Center. Unused food and scraps are not wasted; they are picked up by people who have chickens and pigs to feed and some portions are composted for the garden.
In order to carry on its missions, the church will hold its annual sausage dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the church. Donations requested of $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 10. Carry-outs are available.