St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
Saint Mary's Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul established the food pantry in 1990. The pantry is located on the lower level of the rectory. A monthly parish-wide food collection is held on the first full weekend of each month. Donations may be dropped off at the doors of the church, before all weekend Masses. Members of our St. Vincent de Paul Society shelve the items, check expiration dates, and tidy up the pantry. Bulletin notices remind parishioners of the upcoming collection. The notices also list items that are running low. In general, all non-perishable food items, all paper products, personal care items, and all the staples of life are always needed.
When someone in the community calls the rectory in need of food, SVDP members pack up bags of food for the person. We help anyone who asks. Usually the food is delivered to the person's home. The members also may meet the recipient at the rectory. Members of the Society usually include a gift card to a local grocery store, so that the recipient may buy milk, produce, etc.
The continued generosity of St. Mary's parishioners is outstanding and keeps the food pantry well-stocked. Several times during the year, other groups in town take up collections for our food pantry. Members of St. vincent de Paul also conduct an annual Freedom from Hunger Food Drive and an annual Thanksgiving Food Collection.
We are most thankful for all donations.
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Name of ministry or group: Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
Total number of members: 32 volunteers
Examples of activities or ministry's work: Bring donations of food from the church over to the food pantry in the rectory; shelve food; check expiration dates; tidy up food pantry
Time commitment for a member: Whatever the volunteer's schedule permits
Who is eligible to join: Any parishioner
Contact person: Please call the rectory if you can lend a hand.
Phone: 508-528-0020 (rectory)