Food Pantry Needs Help!

As you may know, our parish St. Vincent de Paul conference operates a food pantry at Our Lady of Guadalupe church on Thursdays. The pantry is open on Thursday mornings between 8:30 and 10:00 AM, except for the second Thursday of each month when the pantry is closed in the morning, but is open from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM. Any of our neighbors who are having trouble making ends meet and who would benefit from assistance with groceries are welcome then.

We are one of the only food pantries open in the area. As you might imagine, many more neighbors are having difficulty putting food on the table; the number of families that we serve went up over 50% during April. Through their contributions, our parishioners have been more than generous in assisting us with keeping the pantry service running, and we’re delighted with your response. But, as we’re sure you’ve seen in the local supermarkets, not all items are in equal supply.

We’re begging for your assistance! Each week we’ll try to highlight the items that are in particularly short supply. We’ll post our particular weekly needs on the website here.

This week we have a particular need for rice, dried beans, toilet paper, dish detergent, household cleaner (Ajax), and paper towels. If you have any surplus of those things, or are able to acquire them, would you please consider sharing with those who are less fortunate? We ask that donations be brought to OLG at 8:00 AM. or after 9:30 AM, to assist us with managing traffic.

Of course, monetary donations or donations of food cards are always welcome and directly support the pantry; our conference does not spend one dollar of donations on administrative costs or overhead. If you wish to help us in this fashion, you can hand your donation to the traffic person, to save yourself some time. Or, you may donate by a check made out to the Society of St. Vincent DePaul; mail it to the Society at P.O. Box 879, Ocean View, DE 19970.

Once again, thank you for your many kindnesses, and for enabling us to perform this outreach to our brothers and sisters!

Charity is the cement which binds communities to God and persons to one another . . .

St. Vincent de Paul
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