I met a special person at a homeless camp in Northern Virginia not long ago that had made some poor decisions. This person worked really hard to stay focused and finally landed gainful employment. We have a great team that has offered this dear person a hand up and not a hand out. I moved this wonderful friend from a tent and a tarp to a secure roof with a real bathroom today. This friend loves the Lord and has a fresh start. Homelessness has no zip code. Homelessness doesn’t mean hopelessness. I’m so grateful to be part of the journey to plant seeds and watch God harvest exceedingly and abundantly. Keep on Serving, Jaxs
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.
FEED MY PEEPS is once again blessed this holiday season. We won an award of $500 from the AutoCenters Nissan Wood River, IL. Our community cares and voted us as their favorite charity from a social media campaign.
Thank you for giving back AutoCenters Nissan! FEED MY PEEPS is the little charity that could. We’re grateful for this blessing.
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.
Shout out to the St. Louis Rams for awarding FEED MY PEEPS with the Community Quarterback Award. We’re so humble and grateful for the opportunity to highlight our little charity. Thank you St. Lou for all the votes and well wishes. Oh my $5,000 just fell from the sky. We’re able to serve those in need because you believe in giving back to the community.
The month of October rocked for FEED MY PEEPS. We had the honor of winning “My Favorite Charity” Award from Clay Cooley Toyota in Hazelwood, Missouri. We were up against some major charities and St. Louis voted us as their favorite. FEED MY PEEPS received $500 from this contest. We are able to bless those in need with this generous donation. Thank you dearly and sincerely for your support.
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!”
Thank you to our friends at Gordon Food Service in Ballwin and also in Maplewood. They bless FEED MY PEEPS with great food so we can serve those in need. We have dedicated volunteers that pick up from Gordon Food Service. We ensure that nothing goes to waste. FEED MY PEEPS is able to serve foster families, soup kitchens, homeless guests and families with limited resources because Gordon Food Service believes in giving back to our community.