After a year off, the gang at All Saints' gears up its annual Food Fest

TUPELO – In 2009, the cooks at All Saints’ Episcopal Church took a year off from their annual Food Fest.
This year, they’re back with a variety of items for sale, such as frozen meat and vegetable casseroles, chicken and dressing, tailgating items, soups, stews, chili and smoked meats, as well as fresh baked breads, cakes, pies, cookies and candies.
The 2010 event is Saturday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Parish Hall at the church on Jefferson Street in downtown Tupelo. Cash and checks, but no debit or credit cards, will be accepted.
“Last year, we didn’t host the Food Fest because the church was preparing to host the annual Diocesan Council in Tupelo and we had a big stewardship campaign going,” said Mary Lou Parks, chairman of the event. “We didn’t want to overtask the parish.”
The cooks have been busy all year preparing hundreds of items, and at least 100 different items, Parks said.
“We want people to know that in addition to what we usually have, we’ll be offering several tailgating items this year,” she said. “So they can come by and grab two or three things to take with them to the game.”
All money raised at Food Fest goes to outreach programs, such as scholarships to Camp Bratton-Green, the Episcopal church camp in Canton, including scholarships for children whose parents are in prison; Sanctuary Hospice House; the Good Samaritan and Tree of Life free clinics; Saints’ Brew, which offers a free breakfast at the church Monday-Friday for anyone who is hungry; and the rector’s discretionary fund, which gives money to people who are having trouble paying electricity bills or rent.
Parks said the mission of Food Fest has changed over the years.
“When I first got into this 15 years ago, our thinking was, ‘Let’s raise a bunch of money and help fix up the church,’ she said. “We got out of that mentality pretty quickly. Now we give to people who need the money. It’s not about us anymore.”
For more information about Food Fest, call (662) 842-4386.

Want to grab a bite?
■ What: Episcopal Church Women’s annual
Food Fest
■ When: Saturday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
■ Where: Parish Hall at All Saints’ Episcopal
Church on Jefferson Street in downtown Tupelo
■ What: Frozen casseroles, chicken and dressing, tailgating items, soups, stews,
chili and meats as well as fresh baked breads,
cakes, pies, cookies, etc.
■ Info: Call (662) 842-4386

Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal