Stuart has had a connection with the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen in Trenton for decades. Each year, Stuart sponsors the meal for hundreds of guests at Loaves and Fishes at the end of January, a time of particular scarcity. This year, recognizing the drastic and different needs in the community as the pandemic took hold in the world and locally, the Stuart community was called upon to make non-perishable bag lunches for Loaves and Fishes; they were collected at Stuart, delivered to the Cathedral in Trenton, and distributed to those in need.
According to Barbara Anne Cagney, former Stuart teacher and long-time associate of Loaves and Fishes:
We have been able to hand out hundreds of to-go bags of food in the last couple of months. The sponsors have generously moved to a meal in a microwave container, a sandwich, drink, cookies and some toilet paper! One current Stuart family made masks for us to hand out, another collected groceries in their neighborhood and brought them to us, and another family called and said, "we will come down and help fill the bags." Loaves and Fishes has reached out to different circles of friends, and all have responded with great generosity. We have been blessed with being able to use the Cathedral basement and look forward to when we can open the doors to the dining room of hospitality that Loaves and Fishes has been for so many.