Welcome to Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte (GMEC), an exciting venture of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. Our goal is to provide a welcoming place of learning, service, and fellowship on the east side of Charlotte. We are located in The Galilee Center at 3601 Central Avenue, between Briar Creek Road and Eastway Drive.
The Galilee Center serves as a meeting place for refugees, immigrants, and other residents of the city, and is supported and managed by Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte. We host a variety of non-profits who provide vital services to our community, including English classes, citizenship classes, life skills classes, after-school programs, a food pantry, cross-cultural counseling services, gleaned fresh vegetables, and mentoring for new food-based businesses.
Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte also offers support for the spiritual journey with several prayer groups and a multi-faith spirituality center. Our mission is "Working together to feed body, mind, and spirit," but our motto is simply "Welcome."
- Toni Hagerman, Executive Director
Community Meals Served "Drive Through" Style
Wed, Thurs, Fri 11:30am-12:30pm
All are welcome
Please wear a face mask!
We usually warmly welcome volunteers to assist with meal prep, cooking, serving, and cleaning up. Unfortunately with the COVID-19 pandemic we are limiting the size of our kitchen teams. Please sign up to help. We'd love to see you!
Meet Jonathan Lee, Galilee's Kitchen Manager. Jonathan has faithfully served in the kitchen at Galilee as a volunteer for several years and knows the systems, recipes, and volunteer pool well. He has a true passion to feed our community and has connected us with several great community partners.
When Jonathan is not busy with the myriad of non-profit organizations he is involved with, he is a writer for the Charlotte Knights. Baseball's loss this summer is our gain!
We are so happy to welcome Jonathan to the Galilee staff team.
Our COVID-19 Response
Galilee's mission is to offer welcome, refuge, and essential services in the East Charlotte community.
Prior to the pandemic we did that by partnering with nine profits who work together to provide wrap around services to over 700 people each week. With our building closed, we have been able to move some of our services outside, and those services continue to grow to meet the many needs of our community.
Loaves & Fishes provides a mobile pantry on Tuesday afternoons that serves between 300 and 400 individuals each week.
Refugee Support Services distributes food and educational supplies to an additional 120 families on Wednesday mornings.
Galilee's Kitchen has been in high gear. Prior to the pandemic we prepared a community meal for 120. Now we are preparing and distributing 1600 meals each week.
Thank you to everyone who is continuing to serve our community during this challenging time.