Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas ...

We had almost 350 families, which included 281 children, come through the pantry on Thursday ... and there were 50 volunteers helping with the distribution of food, blankets and gifts; helping with the preparation of lunch; helping with registration; and helping with the many other tasks that needed to be done. Everything went smoothly and we were cleaning up the hall by 2:15.

Once again we are deeply grateful for the generosity of those who contributed food, blankets, gifts and more. Thank you and God bless you.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Normandin Middle School Helpers

Last Thursday's visit to the pantry by Normandin Middle School students was truly a multiple blessing ... not only did the students arrive with boxes and bags and even more boxes of food that they had collected but they carried all this food in, sorted it, helped bag produce we had on hand, and then helped distribute the bags! It is wonderfully rewarding to share the pantry work with so many young, enthusiastic, and energetic persons. Thank you. Thank you.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Blankets Needed ... You Can Help

During the months of November and December we are collecting new blankets to give to pantry visitor families for Christmas. We are making good progress with about 100 blankets donated so far. Our goal is to give 400 families the gift of a warm new blanket this year. While you are planning your holiday shopping please consider adding a blanket for one or more of our families to your list. Any size is appreciated. There is a large box near the food pantry door for blankets you may wish to drop off. Thank you.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Change Regarding Clothing Donations

Because of increasing concerns about bedbugs, effective immediately we are no longer accepting any used clothing to be given out at the pantry. Other organizations with better capabilities to handle possible bug problems are still accepting used clothing. St Vincent de Paul Society, Savers, Good Will in Wareham and any Planet Earth boxes, for example, are good alternatives for your donations.

Please note that we will still accept new items and make sure they go to someone who is in need. Thank you for all your past donations and your understanding regarding this change.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

December Food Deliveries

After a very busy November we will be working extra hard this month to restock the pantry and we would be more than happy to have you help us. Upcoming food delivery dates and times are Wednesday December 8 at 1:15, Tuesday December 14 at 12:15, Wednesday December 15 at 1:15, and Wednesday December 22 at 3:15.

Unloading and storing the cases of food and produce received in these deliveries is an excellent opportunity to invest in service to God and others. If you are available at any of the delivery times for the month of December, or at the food distribution times on Thursdays, let us know by calling Paula, the Food Pantry Coordinator, at 508-993-1691.

Please note that you can check for upcoming deliveries and other pantry activity by looking at our calendar here or using the link under "Basic Pantry Information" in the menu on the right.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Turkeys and Stuffing and Cranberry Sauce! Oh My!

Wow! What a wonderful day we had at the pantry this Thursday. After a very early start preparing bags we began distributing turkeys and fixings right on time at noon.

Just before we got underway the line of persons coming to receive help stretched all the way from where the truck was parked on Nye Street at the back of the church down past the rectory to Acushnet Avenue. A short time later the line had grown even longer and was wrapped around the corner along the Avenue past the church steps to Bullard Street. By 2:30 when the line was finally finished and we were wrapping up some 400 people had received thanksgiving food.

None of this would not have been possible without the generosity of those who contributed food and money, the hard work of volunteers, as well as the patience and good spirits of the pantry patrons. Thank you and bless you all.