What an energized start! After days of prepping and a short prayer by Father Scalia-the fry began. Logistically-there were a few kinks but at this point our volunteers are expert adapters. Both in-person and drive-thru stations were non-stop. At the end of the night, about 1200 meals were served.
Guess what just came in from the garage
Standing over hot oil frying hushpuppies infuses the clothes with a very special smell. Washing and airing only goes so far. After the last fry of the Lenten season, the clothes are washed, aired, and stored in the garage. Time to bring them in! We hope to see you tonight.
The sign is up! Join our community this Friday as we begin our Lenten journey.
March 4, 2022-it begins
As we begin a time of Lenten reflection and look towards renewal, consider coming to St. James for fellowship, community, and yes–fish…delicious baked or fried. We will be preparing meals every Friday. We look forward to seeing you!
Week Six 2021
The weather was beautiful and over 1000 meals were served. Thank you for being part of our community. Please visit in 2022! Happy Easter!
This is it! Please come!
The weather will be wonderful. There will be fish, fries, hush puppies, slaw and more…
Thanks for being part of our community.
Week Five 2021
Friday was the Feast of St. Joseph, earthly father to Jesus and husband of Mary. He is also the patron saint of Workers. I like to think he was shining down upon us as all volunteers at the Fish Fry were at their best. Special shout out to our morning crew who does everything from wash and prepare potatoes to cupping cole slaw and tartar sauce. Eleven minutes was the longest wait time from ordering to receiving a meal during the rush. That is quite amazing. We served 860 dinners this week. This Friday will be our last Fry for this Lenten season. The weather is supposed to be lovely and we will be prepared for a great turnout. So come join us this Friday. We look forward to seeing you!
Week Four 2021
Community service is an important part of our Fish Fry. Over the past four weeks, we have served over 3600 meals (including over 900 last Friday) with an all volunteer crew. We are blessed with people who are willing to give part of their day for others. Some of the volunteer assignments include thawing fish, washing potatoes, cutting cake, putting cole slaw, mac & cheese and tartar sauce into cups, frying food (sometimes in less than ideal conditions), and cleaning up at the end of the evening. I marvel at the dedication of all of the marvelous volunteers. They are a rarified group indeed! This past week our longest wait time was less than 15 minutes from order to delivery. That is impressive. We hope you will come join us again.
It’s 7 pm, no wait and lots of food
Week Three 2021
What a phenomenal night of community! On Friday night our Lenten Fish Fry project partnered with the St. James Food Distribution program for those in need. On the first Friday of every month our food distribution provides groceries to those in need. With the pandemic the need has risen. In addition to groceries, we were able to provide hundreds of dinners to those needing assistance.
We know that lines and times were longer than expected. Despite obtaining extra volunteers, planning the flow for the extra crowd, and shopping and preparing extra food, it was very, very busy. In about 4 hours we distributed more than 1200 prepared meals. That is 300+ meals each hour. All done with a volunteer crew!
- Just shy of 1,000 cups of cole slaw were prepared-So many cabbages!
- Close to 300 potatoes were washed, sliced, seasoned, and baked
- Over 900 slices of cake were served
- Hundreds of pounds of fish were baked and fried
- Hush puppies, hush puppies, and even more hush puppies!
- And thousands of steps were logged by the young volunteers delivering meals as fast as they could