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July 15 is next deadline for House of Mercy SHARE orders

House of MercyMANASSAS, Va. – July 15 is the next deadline for House of Mercy SHARE orders, according to House of Mercy Assistant Director Ann Cimini. Orders will be accepted until 5 p.m. that day, she said.

SHARE orders must be picked up at the House of Mercy, located at 8170 Flannery Court in Manassas. The pick-up date for July orders is Saturday, July 27, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Cimini said.

The House of Mercy, a nonprofit humanitarian organization located in Manassas, joined SHARE’s nonprofit food network this year to bring the program to area families, Cimini said. SHARE (Self Help And Resource Exchange), sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington, offers packages of quality frozen meat and fresh produce at low cost to anyone regardless of income, she said.

“This is a way in which we can help make available nutritious, wholesome food at a price families can afford,” she said. “SHARE packages cost about half what they’d pay in a grocery store for the same amount of food.”

Each month the organization offers a different SHARE menu. The July menu includes four packages: the “Value Package,” for $22, and “Easy, Summer Chicken,” “Schwan’s™ Breakfast Bagel Pouches®” and “Miniature Beef Hamburgers,” each for $21. Orders include a $2 surcharge per package to cover transportation costs, Cimini said. The House of Mercy receives no profit from the sale of SHARE packages, she said.

The “Value Package” contains more than a pound and a half of chicken drums, one pound each of miniature hamburgers, ham steak, brown rice and yellow split peas, three quarters of a pound of ground turkey and eight to nine pounds of fresh summer produce.

“Easy, Summer Chicken” includes 10 pounds of all natural, antibiotic-free chicken tenderloin with no artificial ingredients. Marinated, breaded and pre-browned, the chicken is also ready to cook.

“Schwan’s™ Breakfast Bagel Pouches®” contains a total of 18 sandwiches of sausage, scrambled egg and hashed browns in a cheddar cheese sauce, all wrapped in bagel dough. “Miniature Beef Hamburgers” includes 96 miniature seasoned, cooked burgers.

Purchasers are asked to volunteer two hours in the community since SHARE’s purpose is also to help build and strengthen communities, Cimini said.

Orders paid by credit or debit card can be placed by phone. Orders with other types of payments must be made in person at the House of Mercy, which accepts cash, food stamps, EBT and money orders as well as Visa, MasterCard and Discover, Cimini said. No checks are accepted. For more information or to order, call 703-659-1636.

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