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.

Due to COVID-19, MUST is expanding its program 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.

Click here to make a monetary gift

2. Collect and donate the following items in a paper or reusable grocery bag. Drop off your items in the Hyland Center on the following dates between 8am and 11am: June 8, June 22, July 6 and July 20. Volunteers will be curbside in the alley between the Hyland Center and the Greenspace to collect your donations straight from your car.

Items to Donate:

Pasta – 1 box                                       Pasta Sauce – 1 jar
Mac & Cheese – 2 boxes                       Canned Corn – 2 cans
Canned Tomatoes – 1 can                      Rice – 1 bag
Tortillas (corn or flour) – 1 package        Cereal – 1 box
Jelly – 1 jar                                         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.

Click here to register to volunteer to deliver grocery items

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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