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It takes a village to serve those in need.  We would love and honor your support.  FEED MY PEEPS serves several small worthy groups along with our weekly outreach events in the St. Louis Metro Area, Northern Virginia and Washington, DC.

Please shout out to jackidirksmeyer@yahoo.com or call 314-452-8578 to inquire about upcoming events.

Compassion is contagious with FEED MY PEEPS!

 

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FEED MY PEEPS is honored that Becky Stephens has joined as a member on our Board of Directors.  She is a cancer survivor with a ginormous heart to serve others.  Becky is a Hospice Nurse dedicated to helping families as a loved one crosses over.  She also has a seasoned background of working as a Psychiatric Nurse Manager and Emergency Room Nurse.  Becky was awarded Employee of the Year for her dedication and love toward her patients.

Becky received a four year diploma from Living Faith Training Center in Manassas, Virginia.  She is now leading an Alumnni Class to help graduates continue to stay connected and go deeper in their walk with the Lord.

Becky has served and ministered to the homeless in Manassas and Woodbridge for two years.  She brings the message the First Sunday of each month to a homeless camp.

Becky organized a food drive which successfully brought over 1,000 items to a local small trailer park.  It was such a blessing to kick start this pantry for a neglected community.

Please welcome and congratulate Becky as she helps to lead our little charity that could in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC.

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FEED MY PEEPS takes a team of loving volunteers into Washington, DC monthly.  We offer hugs, hope and a hand up to those in need.  We serve clothes, food, toiletries, shoes and even stuffed animals to our homeless friends in Franklin Square.  We share the love of Christ to the lost.  We would love your help?  Can you host a jeans drive for us?  Jeans are Gold.  We’re always seeking bottled water and prepacked snacks.  Jump in and join us for street outreach.  You really can’t put a price tag on compassion.  Please contact Jaxs at 314-452-8578 for dates and more information.

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We’re proud to introduce Jennifer Young to the FEED MY PEEPS family.  She will help lead us in our outreach efforts in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC.

Jennifer is a nutrition and health expert based in Virginia.  Her focus is on maintaining wellness through natural means and supplementation on resolving issues, such as, gastrointestinal distress, autoimmune distress and food allergies.  Her skills are also sought by athletes and parents  who participate in competitive sports.  Her clientele is diverse, as almost anyone can benefit from her knowledge and services.

Jennifer is passionate to help the homeless community and those struggling with abusive relationships.  Jennifer knows first hand how to be a survivor and is fortunate to help in local outreach efforts, civic groups and food pantries.  She has a heart for philanthropy.

Congratulations and Welcome!

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God gave me FEED MY PEEPS on a mountain in Kenya Africa 2011.  We had no idea that this special boy named James Koech would change our lives forever.  God wanted Koech more.  He passed away after returning to his family in Africa.  We serve now in three states because Koech showed me hungry kids and little ones with no clothes in the remote areas of Kenya.  God has no boundaries.  We serve because of Koech and Matthew 25:35.  Please read more about our testimony with Koech by clicking on “WHO WE ARE.”koech village parae

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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

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.

 

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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.

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“I just finished One Peep at A Time! Thank you for sharing your story. Wow. I didn’t think I could love what you’re doing more but you proved me wrong. Your emphasis on all of the people who have been part of your story was really inspiring. Your work isn’t about feeding nameless people but about helping your friends to be the best they can be. There was never a note of judgement just love and understanding for where people are at on their journey and a willingness to be there in whatever way you can. Your genuine and open heart is inspiring. If we could spread this kind of compassion and understanding I think our world would be a better, sweeter place to call home. This will be a book I will return to for inspiration when I’m feeling worn down and need a reminder of why we serve. Thank you!!!”

Moira Killoran with St. Louis University Campus Kitchen

FMP Book Reviews“I borrowed a copy of your book, One Peep at a Time and I must say that I absolutely loved it! I was so moved by your testimony of faith, hard work and dedication and your love of God. I laughed out loud, literally, at some of the humorous things you said. Thank You for touching so many lives and for making such a profound difference in so many peoples lives.”
Donna Chamness

One Peep at A Time  (learn more) is available online through Xulon Press, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.  Retailers may order One Peep At A Time through Ingram Book Company or Spring Arbor Book Distributors.

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.

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One Peep at A TimeHot 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.

The book is available online through Xulon Press, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.  Retailers may order One Peep At A Time through Ingram Book Company or Spring Arbor Book Distributors.

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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.

 

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Let me share my divine appointment!  I saw a senior lady being rude and disrespectful to a beautiful lady over a wheelchair at the airport.  We had just gotten off a small plane.  We were standing in the rain and cold on the tarmac.  The beautiful lady had 17 minutes to make it to another terminal for her connecting flight to Dubai.  The airline staff  members were not helping her.  I got mad watching all of this unfold.

God laid on my heart to help.  I grabbed another wheelchair and my beautiful new friend and I took off running.  I’m sure we looked crazy running through several terminals and the train.  I kept assuring her that I work for God.  Jesus take our wheel (wheelchair).

We didn’t make her connecting flight but we did have an appointment.  My friend’s name is Cynthia and she’s from Sri Lanka.  She stayed overnight and made her trip home the next night.  We had the privilege of sharing lunch and fellowship with Cynthia.  She had a suitcase full of food for the poor children of her village.  Cynthia was returning to her country.  Her beloved daughter had passed along with her loving husband so Cynthia was going home to an empty house.  God has her back and connects Cynthia with loving friends.

Why would I run through a large airport pushing a stranger from Sri Lanka?  God is just that cool if you allow his divine appointment to happen.  I feed peeps so I ask God if FEED MY PEEPS will serve in Sri Lanka some day.

I love you my new friend Cynthia and pray for your traveling mercies.

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.  ThankYou

Puppy Love on the streets of St. Lou.

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.

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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!

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FEED MY PEEPS was blessed to share with Pastor Rebekka Smith at Higher Heights Ministry in North City on February 7th.  We hosted a day of love sharing toys, books, shoes, clothes, household treasures and great eats to a neglected community near Fairground Park.  It’s simply good in our hood!

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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.

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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!”

 

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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.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015!!!

This past year has exceeded our expectations.  We thought feeding peeps was the calling.  BAM we’ve been blessed with toys, books, shoes, clothes, household items and furniture.  One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!  We’re able to host monthly outreach events in neglected communities with your generosity.

The culinary community continues to support us with nutritious food made from scratch.  Trader Joe’s and Gordon Food Service provides us with more fresh produce, bread, dairy, protein and flowers.  We’re able to serve foster families, soup kitchens, homeless camps, troubled teens, families with limited resources and nuns and priests with this abundant surplus.

Washington University School of Law assisted FEED MY PEEPS in 2014 with our application for 501(c)3 non profit status.  We received our charitable organization stamp of approval from Mr. IRS in less than seven weeks.  God directed that application for this we know!

We launched our new website www.feedmypeeps.org which allows us to share our testimony with others.  We’re grateful for the grant money and financial favor that allows us to operate with 100% of your donation going toward ministry needs.  Our volunteers rock as they serve those in need without pay.

2014 was great and God’s given us a snapshot of 2015.  Are you ready to MAKE A DIFFERENCE as we serve those in need?

Happy New Year from our home to yours!

Jaxs and Tracey

 

 

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FEED MY PEEPS had the pleasure of sharing fresh flowers and fruit with the residents at Calhoun Care Center in Hardin, Illinois.  Grandma Garnell was sleeping through our visit but we left a beautiful orchid in her room for a surprise.  Thank you to Trader Joe’s Brentwood Promenade for sharing with our peeps all the way to Calhoun County!

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Trader Joe’s Brentwood Promenade Gives Back this holiday season.  We’re able to bless several small organizations with fresh and organic food because our friends at Trader Joe’s care.  We even share floral bouquets with local retirement and nursing homes.  Thank you for sharing so we can collectively serve those in need.

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We gather every Thursday night for Message and a Meal with our friends at Souldier’s Inc Ministry.   There are no four wall or formal stage.  We serve those less fortunate because they matter on the corner of 10th and Cass (Downtown).  We share the LOVE of Christ through a Message by Preacher Paul Gonnella, a hearty meal and offer clothing to those in need.  Yes, this is Church.

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Marry Christmas

We’re almost ready to share Christmas with our babies in Walnut Park this Sunday! We also have Blessing Bags of Good Eats for everyone’s household. Thank you to Kelley with UMSL for going above and beyond to bless our families in need. Sharing is Caring!

Korey Johnson

 

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butterfly haven logo Butterfly Haven Ministry is  dedicated to encouraging and supporting St. Louis, Missouri area foster families and those who just need a little help and encouragement to make it day to day.

Teaching God’s love in action.

Ministering to traditional, medical, behavioral, career, emergency, crisis and respite foster care placements.

MISSION:  Grow – Bloom – Soar

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  • Boys sz 2T, 4T & 5
  • Diaper wipes
  • Laundry soap (gentle and free of scent)
  • Changing table pad
  • New boys and girls socks (all sizes)
  • New boys and girls underwear (all sizes)

 

Maria is my hero as she loves unconditionally on children that have been neglected.  She opens her home and arms to a child and also sibling groups to make a difference.  I believe it’s her calling to rock and love on kids in need.  I know that it’s my calling to provide fresh and nutritious food to her home.  We’re honored to serve the network of foster families with Butterfly Haven.  Blessings and Hugs from Miss Jacki

ThankYou

Thank you dearly and sincerely to the Law Firm of Reinker, Hamilton & Piper, L.L.C. We’re able to bless Butterfly Haven Foster Kids, The Gutter Ministry and Higher Heights Ministry because you care. We greatly appreciate your gifts as we serve those in need. Happy Holidays from our home to yours. Erin & Laura are ANGELS!

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS……

This is Pastor Rebekka Smith’s eleven year old grandson Ray’Mon.  About a month ago, she was helping him study for a spelling test and one of the words was encyclopedia.  Ray’Mon was having a hard time trying to spell the word.  He finally asked what is an encyclopedia?  Pastor told him that it was a reference book for all kinds of words.  He replied where can you buy me one?  Pastor explained that it was not one book but a set of very expensive books.  Ray’Mon insisted that he still wanted them.

A few weeks later Pastor received a call to come get treasures from FEED MY PEEPS.  Well among the items were a set of encyclopedias gifted from the law firm of Reinker, Hamilton and Piper, L.L.C.  Jacki said she didn’t know what she was going to do with the set.  Pastor shared her grandson’s wish and the rest is history.  The books will get a lot of use. 

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Chef Rosie

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2/3 +2 teaspoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons almond flour/meal
  • 1 Tablespoon Gluten Free all-purpose flour
  • Optional ice cream or whipped cream for serving, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and place two 6-ounce ramekins on a baking sheet.
  2. Melt the butter and 2/3 cup chocolate chips in a medium bowl over simmering water and stir until smooth.  Remove the bowl from the pan and let cool.
  3. Combine the egg and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until thick and lighter in color.
  4. While whisking, gradually add the melted chocolate, then whisk in the salt, vanilla, almond meal, and GF flour.
  5. Divide the batter between the two ramekins and place 1 teaspoon chocolate chips in the center of each ramekin, pressing down lightly.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees F for 180-22 minutes or until not quite set, and the tops crackle.
  7. Let cool slightly before serving, topping with ice cream or whipped cream.

(Serves 2)

Chef Marca

Ingredients 

  • 4 Tilapia Fillets
  • 3Tbls Soy Sauce
  • 3Tbls Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3Tbls Honey
  • 1Tbls Minced Garlic
  • Fresh Herbs (optional)
  • Cracked Black Pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Combine Soy, Balsamic Vinegar, Honey, Garlic in a bowl as the marinade
  3. Place Tilapia in a Zip lock bag with the marinade and fresh herbs (optional)
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  5. Take Tilapia Fillets out of marinade and sprinkle with cracked black pepper
  6. Place in oven for 15-20 minutes until fish flakes
  7. If you wish to have a sauce after having made marinade then reserve 1/2 cup of marinate.  Place in sauce pan & bring to boil then simmer for 5 minutes until reduced by half.  Serve over Tilapia

(Serves 4)

Pastries

THANK YOU to Piccione Pastry for honoring FEED MY PEEPS on December 11th as part of Pastries with a Purpose program.  We can collectively serve those in need because you care.

Aunt Janet, Grandma Sue, and Chef Tony enjoyed a Cappuccino and Cannoli from our friend Darryl.

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