Order of Malta


Michigan Area Distributes Bagged Lunches to Detroit’s Needy


Almost 200 bagged lunches were provided to homeless and low-income people in Detroit on Friday, March 8th, thanks to the efforts of Michigan Area members and other volunteers.

Organized by Michigan Area Hospitaller Kathleen Mastrangelo, DM, members of the Michigan Area staff St. Leo’s Soup Kitchen twice a month on Fridays. Because the soup kitchen was closed that day, Michigan Area members distributed bagged lunches instead of the hot lunch that they would usually prepare along with “to go” packages.

The volunteers set up a table in front of the Center for the Works of Mercy, located on Woodward Avenue in Detroit; the center houses the soup kitchen as well as the Malta Dental and Medical Clinic. In all, the Michigan Area provided 192 bagged lunches, with food donated by local churches and Malta members.

Handing out lunches on the street (including drive-up service!) were Kathleen Mastrangelo and her daughter Rosie; Dr. Catherine Stark, candidate in formation; and Chris Rutkowski, KM. Some bagged lunches went to the Michigan Area’s “Into the Fire” ministry, organized by Patrick Jones, KM. The ministry takes food, clothing, and other supplies to people living on the street in Detroit.

St. Leo’s Soup Kitchen provides lunch every Tuesday through Friday, primarily to low-income residents of Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck. In 2023, Michigan Area members, friends, and family prepared and served about 4,000 meals to guests in the neighborhood. 

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