Each week last summer an average of 80 to 85 children in Anamosa from food-insecure households received sack lunches from Anamosa Lunches for Youth. Also known as ALY, the ministry is an outreach of the Anamosa United Methodist Church. During this school year ALY has been providing 71 weekend food bags for local elementary and middle school students who receive free and reduced-cost lunches.
This all-volunteer effort is a partnership among seven churches plus the girls basketball team, 4-H groups, and other service organizations in the area. Their ministry is supported in part with Matthew 25 funds from the East Central District. The grant was made possible with apportionment gifts from United Methodist churches throughout the state of Iowa.
Recently, Nancy Mulford reflected on the impact of ALY. “Those of us who work together in this ministry have had our lives affected by the need we see in our community and by the joy of working with our neighbors to meet those needs. We have seen people join our ranks who might not otherwise have participated in church activities” because of the good ALY is doing for the people of Anamosa.