A Letter from the Rector | The Food Pantry

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

As you may know, each month our parish gives out food to impoverished individuals in our community. For many years, our food pantry, which is located adjacent to Neve Hall, has been impacting lives in a positive way. This is an important ministry that St. Paul’s is committed to developing.

With this commitment in mind, because of increasingly burdensome USDA paperwork requirements and limitations in the food they provide, the leadership of the food pantry and I have decided to end our partnership with USDA; we will no longer receive food from them. Instead, we will stock our pantry with parishioners’ donated food items and with food purchased from parishioners’ monetary contributions.

Click here for a list of items that the food pantry needs.

While shopping at the grocery store, I encourage you to buy something on the list and place it in one of the outreach baskets or the red wagon in the back of the church. If a majority of people in the parish regularly participate in this outreach activity, we will have an abundance of food to share with our disadvantaged neighbors.

If you wish to make a monetary donation to enable us to buy food for the food pantry, you may write a check to St. Paul’s and put “Food Pantry” in the memo line.

Starting in September, on the second Sunday of each month, which is a Children’s Sunday at the 10:30 AM service, children will bring the red wagon up during the offertory and the celebrant will bless the food offerings. We will give thanks to God for the blessings of this life and the privilege to share those blessings with the less fortunate.

Jesus tells us that when we feed the hungry, we feed him. By sharing what you have been given, you will be serving Christ himself in your neighbors. Thank you for supporting our food pantry. With your help, this vibrant ministry will thrive!

Yours in Christ,