Give-A-Meal-A-Month (GAMAM)

A Ministry for the Hungry

St. Luke’s Give-A-Meal-A-Month (GAMAM) ministry has been providing meals to needy individuals and families in the Rochester community for several years now.  This ministry provides nutritionally complete meals of canned and other non-perishable foods in one convenient bright yellow bag.  A different menu for each month is stapled to the bag.  Parishioners pick up a bag or two – do their usual grocery shopping and fill up a GAMAM bag too!  These filled bags are returned to St. Luke’s and given to those who are hungry, such as:   the Channel One Food Bank; the Food Bank at RCTC; families of children who attend Sunset Terrace Elementary School and individuals or families that visit St. Luke’s in need.

Genisis of the GAMAM Program

The GAMAM program began in 1988 as part of the Mission Outreach Ministry of Webster Groves Presbyterian Church in Webster Groves, Missouri.  Their local food bank needed a balanced meal of canned food that could be easily delivered in a bag.  The Webster Grove congregants “passed the hat” to pay for the bright yellow bags and a logo was designed.  On the first Sunday in June of 1988, the GAMAM program was introduced to the congregation.  Soon, churches of all denominations throughout Missouri and many state beyond adopted the GAMAM ministry.

For more information contact, Linda M.: e-mail

Monthy Menus

Month Menu
January Canned Pasta & Sauce, Canned Mixed Vegetables, Canned Peaches  / Optional Needs:  Peanut Butter , Soup or Dry Cereal
February Canned Tuna, Macaroni & Cheese, Canned Peas, Stewed Tomatoes, Canned Pears / Optional Needs:  Juice
March Canned Beef Stew, Canned Carrots, Canned Peaches, Cornmeal Muffin Mix (no eggs required) / Optional Needs:  Dry Cereal
April Canned Beef, Scalloped Potatoes, Canned Mixed Vegetables, Canned Mixed Fruit / Optional Needs:  Brownie or Cake Mix
May Canned Chicken, Flavored Noodles, Canned Peas, Canned Fruit / Optional Needs:  Peanut Butter
June Canned Spaghetti or Ravioli, Canned Green Beans, Canned Applesauce / Optional Needs:  Lemonade Mix
July Vienna Sausages/Spam, Baked Beans, Canned Fruit Cocktail, Corn Muffin Mix (no eggs required) / Optional Needs:  Soup
August Canned Tuna, Macaroni & Cheese, Canned Peas, Canned Pears / Optional Needs:  Extra Macaroni/Pasta
September Canned Chicken, Flavored Rice or Noodles, Canned Mixed Vegetables, Canned Fruit / Optional Needs:  Oatmeal
October Canned Beef Stew, Canned Green Beans, Canned Peaches, Muffin Mix (no eggs required) / Optional Needs:  Pudding Mix
November Canned Ham, Canned Sweet Potatoes/Yams, Canned Corn, Canned Pineapple / Optional Needs:  Instant Potatoes
December Canned Chicken & Dumplings, Canned Mixed Vegetables, Canned Applesauce, Cornbread Mix (no eggs required) / Optional Needs:  Stuffing Mix
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