We’re thrilled to share our official letter from the Commonwealth of Virginia to conduct business. We’ve worked hard for this registration and are grateful to the State Corporation Commission for acknowledging our little charity. FEED MY PEEPS feels the love here in Northern Virginia.
FEED MY PEEPS is honored to welcome our new Board Member Holly Cunningham. In 2001, St. Louis native Holly Cunningham launched Hollyberry Catering. Under her leadership, the company has grown to become one of the largest catering companies in the St. Louis area, according to St. Louis Business Journal, and is the preferred caterer at more than 30 top area venues.
Holly is committed to the St. Louis community. During the 2010 and 2009 holiday seasons, she partnered with St. Patrick’s Center and its BEGIN New Venture Center to create the “Gifts that Give Back!” Program. In 2008, Holly established a mentoring program with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. In 2012, Hollyberry partnered with SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and Dierbergs Market, Inc. to create “Home Run Bars,” an all-natural, made-from-scratch bar that was the official snack of the 2012 “Homers for Health” initiative.
Holly has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s prestigious “40 under 40” list, as well as its “30 under 30” list. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a society of professional women leaders in the field of food. Hollyberry has been featured in Paula Dean’s Holiday Baking collector’s edition, Hollyberry cookies have been featured on The Rachael Ray Show as the “Snack of the Day” and named “best” by St. Louis Magazine. Holly was the 2002 Small Business Administration’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a past finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Holly and her husband, Guy, are parents to twin, “tween” daughters, Genevieve and Isabelle. Together they enjoyed participating in a variety of family activities including spending time in the country, sailing and fitness.
Brittany and her Grandma Nora put a lot of love in making their handmade special blankets. In honor of Grandma Nora’s memory, Brittany gifted FEED MY PEEPS with over a hundred blankets. We blessed them out during Serving Saturday outreach to our homeless friends on the streets of St. Lou. Thank you Britt for sharing the love to keep everyone warm.
Hot off the Press – Jacki’s new book, One Peep At A Time. Readers will discover an inspirational testimony of how one person can impact the life of another – which ripples out to others. FEED MY PEEPS began in Kenya, Africa with a teenage boy named Koech. He impacted the author’s life, which stirred her heart to serve those in need. Koech passed away at a young age but the difference he made in this world is immeasurable through a little charitable organization called FEED MY PEEPS. One bag of beans, one bag of rice or even one pan of pasta can serve a village or community just “One Peep at a Time.”
“I pray this story will inspire others to step out of their comfort zone to serve those less fortunate,” states the author. “One act of kindness can create a ripple effect which can impact a community. Compassion is contagious and does not have a price tag.”
Jacki Lynne Dirksmeyer is the director of FEED MY PEEPS, which originated in St. Louis, Missouri. She has a seasoned background in hospitality, culinary and ministry. Jacki was awarded the Local Food Hero Award from Gardens to Tables at St. Louis University in 2013. FEED MY PEEPS has also expanded to the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC areas. Jacki has sown culinary seeds and the harvest is abundant as the network of chefs and market places generously support the movement of FEED MY PEEPS.
Emily and Wayne have joined FEED MY PEEPS in weekly Saturday Outreach serving our homeless friends on the streets of St. Lou. Emily and Wayne own Pamper Your Pooch which is a dog grooming business in South City. They have a heart for animals and know that puppy therapy is pure unconditional love. We see homeless kids that should be playing in their own yard; however, due to unknown circumstances are on the streets with a parent. Emily and Wayne bring their dog Joey along which brings an immediate smile.
Thank you Emily and Wayne for helping us in ministry as we collectively help to make a difference to those in need.
Please join us for Serving Saturdays on the streets of St. Lou. We bless out clothing, blankets, snacks and toiletries to our displaced friends. We offer a hand up not a hand out. We serve with dignity and love.
Can you host a jean drive for us? Jeans are gold!!
We serve every Saturday on the corner of 14th and Olive (across from the library) Downtown from 8:00am – 10am.
Please call Jacki (314) 452-8578 if you wish to volunteer for outreach with us. Serving is Contagious!
It was a pleasure to serve our friends at Mission: St. Louis who are in the Job and Leadership Training Program. Thank you Jennifer, Ashley and Lisa for serving a hearty and healthy meal to the men.
Letter of testimony from Amy Primm, Job and Leadership Training Operations Manager at Mission: St. Louis:
“FEED MY PEEPS has been a wonderful partner with Mission: St. Louis to provide meals for our Job and Leadership Training program. By using tablecloths, china and table decorations, they transform a classroom into a fancy dining room and make our students and volunteers feel like special guests of honor. We are thankful that they are able to connect with community resources to provide quality meals for our program. FEED MY PEEPS makes our students feel appreciated and well cared for by serving them a delicious meal!”