Newlyweds give food to homeless

Posted July 4, 2010 8:32 a.m. EDT
Updated July 4, 2010 8:39 a.m. EDT

— A couple hours after her wedding Saturday morning, an Apex bride was back with her old love: feeding the homeless.

Mary Jo Bukowski, co-founder of the charity Brown Bag Ministry, was married at 10 a.m. Saturday.

By 11:30 a.m., the groom and bride – flowers still in her hair – were giving free lunches to the homeless in Moore Square.

"We wanted to make sure we were able to share part of our special day with people less fortunate than we are," she said.

Bukowski said it was her way of sharing her life's work with her new husband.

"This is what I do, and this is who I am, and this is who we are together," she said.

Bukowski and Patricia Hartley, a fellow member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Apex, founded the Brown Bag Ministry in 2005. Each Sunday, volunteers pack and distribute more than 1,000 brown-bag meals to the homeless in Moore Square and other Triangle locations.