Saturday, April 23, 2011

Many Hands Lighten the Burden

Many hands certainly do lighten the burden and we had the benefit of many, many hands helping last Thursday at the pantry. Students from Bishop Stang High School joined with our regular volunteers and their family members to serve more than 300 persons. Thank you to all.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Sock Hop

Saturday April 30th is our parish’s second annual Spaghetti Supper/Sock Hop to be sponsored by the food pantry and youth group. Doors will open at 5:30. Dinner will be served beginning at 6:00 and will be followed by dancing to music from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Costumes are encouraged. There will be a hula hoop competition and bubble blowing contest. Artwork and more has been donated for an auction. Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children (12 and under) and $25 for a family of four or more. Tickets will be available from all youth group members and food pantry volunteers. So get your poodle skirts and saddle shoes back out and come on to the hop!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

March Report

On the five Thursdays that the pantry was open during the month of March we provided 3,496 bags of groceries to 874 families that included 674 children. During March we also served more than 964 meals.

At the beginning of March we started the 2011 Feinstein One Million Dollar Challenge and we will be participating in the Challenge through April 30; all donations received during that time period are counted to give us a proportionate share in the money.

Thank you again to the many people who support the pantry either through donations or by volunteering.

Monday, April 4, 2011

April Food Deliveries

Upcoming food delivery dates and times for this month are Tuesday April 12 at 12:15, Wednesday April 13 at 1:15, Wednesday April 20 at 1:15, and Wednesday April 27 at 3:15.

Unloading and storing the cases of food and produce received in these deliveries is vital to the operation of the Saint Anthony Food Pantry. Even though we now have help from the folks at Harmony House we can still use more extra help with these tasks. If you are available at any of the delivery times for the month of April, 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, April 1, 2011

Bishop Stang Students Help Out

The pantry at Saint Anthony's of Padua in New Bedford usually offers a variety of food products including bread, cereal, canned and fresh vegetables, meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, milk, juice and more each week. However, due to food delivery schedules, types of food donated, or just the numbers of persons seeking assistance one or more of these food items could be unavailable or in short supply on a particular food distribution day. But, thanks to the students of Bishop Stang High School, one item that is sure to be on hand in the next several weeks is cereal. Students at the school recently collected and delivered over 1000 boxes of cereal to the pantry! No, that's not a typo ... they really did bring us over 1000 boxes of cereal. Wow!