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Make Lunches for Samaritan House

2022 Dates: September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10
Do a mitzvah (good deed) and make sandwiches for our neighbors at the Samaritan House. On the 2nd Saturday of the month, please make 20 sack lunches. Each lunch should include:

  • A sandwich. It can be deli meat, peanut butter & jelly, a cheese sandwich, tuna salad, or egg salad. Your choice.
  • A piece of fruit – apple, orange, banana
  • A small bag of baby carrots
  • A single serving package (1.5-2oz) of either cookies or potato chips.
  • A juice box or water
  • Napkin

Please decorate your lunch bags and/or include a note of kindness.

Deliver your lunch bags to the back door of the Samaritan House kitchen located at 4031 Pacific Blvd in San Mateo at 10:00 am.

Registration required. Only sign up one person to represent your household. Each person signed up will need to make 20 lunches. If you have any questions, please contact Michele at msolomon@pjcc.org.

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