Philoptochos New Jersey Serves Guests a Greek Dinner

Philoptochos New Jersey Serves Guests a Greek Dinner


Inspired by the National Philoptochos Society, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring the outstanding charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach of this organization to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox Christian faith and traditions.  Please join us in raising awareness for their countless acts of kindness, and we invite you to learn more about the National Philoptochos Society.

Philoptochos Count Down for Feeding the Hungry is On 

In a ground breaking initiative to feed the hungry, Maria Logus, the National President of Philoptochos pledged 250 thousand meals through Philoptochos chapters leading up to July 2016. The Orthodox Christian Network will bring you stories of what Philoptochos chapters across the country are doing to feed the hungry and invite you to share your thoughts on the art of giving. What makes each chapter unique is the way in which they give. We would love to hear what your parish does to feed the hungry?

The Philoptochos chapter at St. Andrew’s in Randolph, New Jersey started off with their first Feed the Hungry initiative at Trinity Lutheran Church soup Kitchen in Dover, NJ, on July 7, 2015.

Cooking a full three course meal at St. Andrew’s kitchen some ten Philoptochos women came together to paint the world with colors of joy and tenderness towards those they did not know, exemplifying the Philoptochos motto of being friends of the poor. Some grandmothers, some newly weds and some young women who as they chopped, grilled and baked shared their stories of love and struggles from daily life.

Cooking and sharing stories is the oldest tradition on Earth and perhaps the surest path to feeling our connection to each other but also to people who they are feeding who, will eat their meal and bless them.

Imagine what transformations took place that day as they expertly blended flavors and seasoned foods in the true spirit of giving. What makes Philoptochos endeavors truly Orthodox Christian in spirit is that giving and receiving is a way of life. We know well that by truly working to serve others we are becoming one body in Christ, and in doing so they had imperceptibly changed the world.

One can only imagine the excitement of the guests who were treated to pastitsio, salad, vegetables and dessert all prepared in the St. Andrew kitchen. Their curiosity piqued at the “Greek” dish that they had never tasted before. The guests offered many compliments and sincere words of gratitude to the servers.

That night, a hundred people were served in the hall and twenty-eight guests took takeout. The remaining food and three trays of prepared gyro meat that was left over was served the following day.

What does your parish do to feed the hungry?

We invite you to learn more about and support the National Philoptochos Society’s Feeding the Hungry Program. National Philoptochos President Maria Logus’ goal is “doing – more hands on philanthropy, engaging all members of our community in our work.” She has challenged all Chapters across the United States to provide a total of 250,000 meals in the months leading up to the July 2016 National Convention.

To find your liaison or to learn more about Feeding the Hungry from the National Philoptochos Society web site, click here.


The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with 26,000 members nationwide.  Philoptochos responds immediately to needs and crises and its philanthropic outreach extends to each area of the country and throughout the world. In 2014, National Philoptochos distributed $1.475 million in philanthropic aid.

Since its establishment in 1989, the Children’s Medical Fund has sought to provide medical assistance to critically ill Greek, Greek American and Orthodox children, whose families are unable to afford appropriate and necessary medical treatment. The Fund also provides grants for innovative research programs to pediatric hospitals throughout the United States and to organizations with special programs that care for children with critical and life threatening illnesses.


The National Philoptochos Society mission is to charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions.”.  The organization is led by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Spiritual Advisor, Maria Logus, President, Arlene Siavelis Kehl, First Vice President, Evangeline Mekras Scurtis, Second Vice President, Jeannie Ranglas, Third Vice President, Christine Karavites, Secretary, Martha Stefanidakis, Treasurer, Georgia Vlitas, Assistant Treasurer and Aphrodite Skeadas, Advisor.  The organization’s Director is Helen Lavorata.

  • The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America that has offered eighty years of philanthropy through a multitude of programs that make a difference in the lives of people in the United States and throughout the world.  The Society was established in November 1931, by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I, who was then serving as Archbishop of North and South America.
  • Philoptochos fulfills its mission to “help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, those with disabilities and the victims of disasters through its National and Metropolis Boards and its 26,000 members and more than 400 active chapters, nationwide.
  • His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America called Philoptochos, “an army of nobility and the jewel of our Church.”

To learn more about the National Philoptochos Society, visit  For more information regarding this material and the National Philoptochos Society, please contact Rania Richardson, Communications Manager at

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Anberin Pasha

Anberin Pasha, OCN's Digital Disciple Producer and Program Coordinator is a Graduate student in the Master's of Divinity Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts.