The Sacred Heart Food Pantry
The Sacred Heart Food Pantry was established in 1992 as a resource for parishioners and residents of the local community to supplement much needed food items for those families who need assistance. Our pantry is primarily stocked by donations of non-perishable food items donated by families, individuals, schools and local companies and corporations. frozen and fresh foods as well as some specialty items are sometimes available through monetary donations and grants from local and state run food banks.
Donating to our Pantry
The Sacred Heart Food Pantry is continually in need of food donations to serve the needs of the nearly 100 families who rely on this important resource. Most needed from the general public include but is not limited to: peanut butter, canned tuna, both cold and hot cereals, jar tomato sauce, pasta, canned meals such as soups or stews, canned vegetables and canned fruit. While all other foods are always needed and welcomed, we specifically request donations of these popular items.
When donating food many people make purchases specifically for donations to the pantry, while oftentimes well meaning donors contribute food items from their own pantry shelves. In any case, food safety is of the utmost importance, therefore before donating food items please check expiration dates as well as the condition of the cans, jars and boxes of food items to be certain they have not been compromised with dents or having been previously opened.
Volunteers are needed on occasion when delivery trucks arrive from the Food Bank. The delivery trucks ordinarily arrive mid afternoon on Wednesday or on alternate days from other food donation sources. Those interested in being "on call" for this task may contact us at [email protected]
Registering for the Food Pantry
There are many families and individuals who find themselves in need of a little help from time to time. Registering for the food pantry is simple and once registered, recipients are welcome to receive food items on a weekly basis during the usual food distribution time, Thursday afternoons from 4:00-5:00PM. Please bring two forms of identification which bear your name/address and at least one of the two forms must be a photo ID. Once entered into our data base you are welcome to receive food weekly.
What we offer to recipients
Each Food Pantry recipient is eligible to receive a weekly "pre-packaged" bag of groceries that contains several items to help with building a meal. Alternate weeks "might include" some of the following items: either peanut butter or jam, pasta, sauce, mac and cheese, canned meal (soup or stew), canned vegetable or fruit etc. When we have stock that includes a frozen meat or poultry we may distribute one of these items per household. Additional items include fresh bread, rolls or pastry when available and recipients may choose an optional item or two when applicable.