“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?” . . . The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25: 37b, 40
While Burlington’s New Moon Café had to pivot its business model to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, it remained unwavering in its focus to care for its neighbors. In August, New Moon began to provide daily meals for the homeless through ANEW Place. Fifty meals are prepared daily in the café’s commercial kitchen and delivered for distribution at ANEW’s main location on North Street and to those staying at their low barrier shelter. The Light Radio celebrates this partnership and the tangible way both organizations are operating as the hands and feet of Jesus in meeting the needs within their community.
“From the start, there was the hope that the restaurant would demonstrate in practical ways what it looks like to care for our neighbors in need,” said New Moon Café owner Matt Beer. “The third Saturday of every month we would host a free meal for our homeless guests at the café. When the COVID crisis hit, we were forced to close our doors.”
How could New Moon continue to serve the community? The answer came through Beer’s long-standing relationship with ANEW Place. Beer is an ANEW volunteer and currently serves as the Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors. ANEW Case Manager and NECI trained chef Brian Hofmann joined the New Moon staff to use his culinary skills to start preparing meals for the homeless through New Moon’s commercial kitchen. So began the preparation and delivery of approximately 50 daily meals to the guests of ANEW.
“We are a Christian, interdenominational organization, responding to the gospel call to serve the least of these,” explained ANEW Executive Director Kevin Pounds. “In Burlington, concern for those on the fringes of your community is a shared value, whether someone is a Christian or not.”
Now more than six months into the pandemic, the partnership between New Moon, ANEW Place, and the local community has resulted in more than 9,000 daily meals being served to those in need.
“At The Light Radio we seek to reflect the hope, love, and life found in saving faith in Jesus Christ,” said Station Manager Sean Troland. “The example of putting our faith into action is well represented in the commitment New Moon and ANEW Place are showing toward community members in need. We give praise to God for this work and thank New Moon and ANEW Place for this inspiring effort.”
To celebrate this work, The Light Radio urges you to remember them in your prayers and be encouraged that God continues His good work even through the difficulties posed by a pandemic.
Since New Moon opened in 2007, they have maintained their commitment to serving New Moon guests healthy local food. They’ve seen the needs in the city and work to help their disadvantaged neighbors and those experiencing food insecurity. For more information, check out https://www.newmoonvt.com/.
ANEW Place was founded in 1982 by a small group of Christians who saw the growing homeless community and felt like they needed to do something about it. To learn more about their work, go to https://www.anewplacevt.org/.