"Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds,..."
The Self-Help and Resource Exchange Food Network (SHARE) is made up of women and men of all ages, from teens and young adults to seniors. All are welcome.
People are empowered through SHARE to stretch their family's food budget, access information on health and nutrition, and develop partnerships to prevent hunger in communities. By combining bulk buying power and volunteerism, SHARE offers quality food and substantial savings to all participants!
SHARE-DC Metro serves an average of 12,000 families monthly, through a network of 300 volunteer Host Organizations, of which St. Augustine is one. These organizations include churches of all denominations, senior centers, military installations, Head Start programs, schools, and tenant associations.
Families pay $16 to $20 and perform two hours of volunteer work in their community per month to receive a delicious package of food worth approximately $40 –$45. The food package contains frozen meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and staple items such as rice, pasta, beans, and potatoes. Families can pick up their SHARE packages on the fourth Saturday of every month before 11 am in the cafeteria in the basement of the St. Augustine School.
SHARE Food Network is part of the social ministry outreach of the Archdiocese of Washington. Motivated by the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, and guided by Catholic social and moral teaching. As a program of Catholic Charities, SHARE strengthens the lives of all in need by giving help that empowers and hope that lasts. To this end we affirm and support the dignity of all human life, strengthen families, and serve the poor and most vulnerable.
Anyone is welcome to join the SHARE program. All we ask is that you give two hours of community service a month. Call or email the Chair or Vice-Chair at the contact information listed below.
We encourage youth involvement as a way to complete their community service requirements for school.
We meet the fourth Saturday of every month in the cafeteria of the St. Augustine School to sort, package and distribute food. We are there from 8:00–11:30 am. Program participants can come at any time between those hours to pick up food packages or volunteer to help.