St. Martha’s Outreach gives monthly donations to 6 food pantries – IRSD Pantry, Community Food Pantry, Union Wesley Pantry, Guadalupe Pantry, Community Lutheran Pantry and Pyle Center Pantry. In summer months, we donate to White Bag Lunches, which provides bag lunches to students who are food insecure.
St. Martha’s also participates with 15 other churches from the Southeast Sussex Ministerium on different projects such as providing warm meals to families once a week December-March and The Crop Walk in October, which raises money for food pantries in Sussex County and Worldwide.
St. Martha’s Outreach works closely with the local school counselors to provide assistance to students who are in need. We have several projects, such as, Clothing Our Kids, Thanksgiving Baskets, Angel Tree, Food for Thought and Diaper Drives to provide supplies, clothing, and food to families in these schools.
We also participate with the SummerCollab Americore program which seeks to deliver targeted reading instruction for at risk students in K-5 during the summer months.
St. Martha’s Outreach works to help provide shelter and housing by donating to Habitat for Humanity, Milford Housing Development Corporation, Code Purple and Southeast Sussex Ministerium Emergency Fund, which provides funds for rent and medical needs.
Now supported by the Diocese of Delaware as well, this organization had its birth at St. Martha’s over 20 years ago. The Rev. Jim Lewis and a few parishioners started a Bible Study at Sussex Correctional Institution to provide spiritual support and encouragement to those incarcerated. Realizing the need to help those inmates being released, parishioners founded The Way Home, which helps them find shelter, clothing, food, and jobs.