MUST Summer Lunch Program

The MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program provides nutritious lunches each summer to thousands of children in the metro Atlanta area. For many children, summer vacation begins a period of food insecurity. Many children are uncertain when they will receive a meal because their primary food resource, the school cafeteria, is closed.

In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, MUST is expanding its program again this summer to provide supplemental groceries to help families fill their grocery needs. Christ the King is teaming up with MUST to help these families during this time of uncertainty.

Here are the ways you can help us feed children in need this summer:

1. Make a monetary gift.

2. Donate the following items in a paper or reusable grocery bag.

Drop off Dates:
Drop off your food donations from 8:00 AM-10:00 AM on the Plaza, in front of the ministry offices.

■ June 7
■ June 21
■ July 12
■ July 26

We will have volunteers and signage indicating where to drop your donations. Enter the plaza from Peachtree and continue down the driveway toward East Wesley.

Items to Donate:
Reusable or paper grocery bags
Pasta – 1 box
Pasta Sauce – 1 jar
Crackers – 1 box
Canned Corn – 2 cans
Canned Tomatoes – 1 can
Rice – 1 bag
Cereal – 1 box
Black/Refried Beans – 2 cans or 1 bag

3. Volunteer to assemble items in grocery bags. Dates and times will be published soon. Volunteer space is limited due to the social distancing constraints. Please register so that we can schedule volunteers.

4. Volunteer to deliver grocery items to our MUST collection site. Dates and times will be published soon.

5. Volunteer to shop for the most needed grocery items for the MUST ministries collection sites. Contact Wendy Klump,, if you are interested in shopping for this program.

History of the Lunch Program at CTK

CTK parishioner Carol Hunt was instrumental in beginning the program at MUST Ministries 18 years ago.   CTK parishioners Betsy Orr and Kathleen Swann began the Cathedral’s inaugural participation with 200 lunches made in their basements.  The next summer, they spearheaded our parish making almost 2,000 lunches. Summer 2020 will mark the Cathedral’s 12th year of participation in the MUST Summer Lunch Program and during that time, CTK has provided approximately 31,000 lunches. Providing 1,500 lunches each week costs $2,000 a week for each of the 8 weeks of June and July. Your generosity is appreciated.

Questions? Contact Claudia Shepherd, 404-409-5237 or Joanne Love,, 404-256-1442.

Watch these videos to learn more about the MUST Summer Lunch Program:

CTK Parishioner Carol Hunt is featured in this video on the start of the Summer Lunch Program.


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