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Food/Hunger Efforts

In the ancient Franciscan story “The Hungry Brother and the River Torto,” one of Francis’ brothers confessed that he was dying of hunger. Francis immediately ordered the others to “gather some herbs and vegetables and whatever else they could find for all to have a good nourishing meal. He said this so that [the hungry brother] would not have to be humiliated by eating alone.” We too are called to help those who are hungry, sharing what we have and doing so in a way that preserves the dignity of our brothers and sisters in need.

To add to the list, contact Fran Eskin-Royer in Holy Name Province’s Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.

Education

education

Efforts that form and inform us to better address the needs of people and/or creation.

NUTRITION AND FOOD SUPPORT SERVICES PROJECT

St. Camillus Parish 
Silver Spring, Md. 
To increase the opportunity for parishioners and parents of St. Francis International School students to take advantage of resources and information available to improve their nutrition and their access to federal food support services like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC).  
Contact: Ray Nosbaum

Advocacy

advocacy

Efforts that use community organizing and/or dialogue with local and national officials to address the needs of people and/or creation.

"BREAD FOR THE WORLD" LETTER-WRITING CAMPAIGN

Many HNP ministries work with Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Many parishioners write brief personal letters (the most effective communication) and emails to their members of Congress, advocating for policies that help end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. This outpouring of concern sends a powerful message to our political leaders and helps us move closer to the goal of ending hunger. Ministries involved in these efforts include:

St. Francis of Assisi Parish 
Triangle, Va. 
Contact: Rob Goraieb, OFS

Immaculate Conception Parish 
Durham, N.C.
Contact: Lloyd Schmeidler

St. Francis of Assisi Parish 
Raleigh, N.C.
Contact: Trevor Thompson

St. Anthony of Padua Parish 
Greenville, S.C.
In June 2011, the parish sent 150 letters to the three S.C. representatives, advocating on behalf of those who are hungry.
Contact: Ken Christy

Siena College 
Loudonville, N.Y.
Contact: Fr. Mathias Doyle, OFM

St. Camillus Parish 
Silver Spring, Md. 
Contact: John Holden 

St. Francis Inn 
Philadelphia, Pa.
Contact: Br. John Gill, OFM 


SUPER COMMITTEE-FOCUSED ADVOCACY EFFORTS

Holy Name of Jesus Parish 
New York, N.Y. 
The parish ran a campaign to try to move the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or "Super Committee," to do more than just make budget cuts to federally funded food emergency programs when they began their work on Nov. 23, 2011. While the parish recognizes that some funds will have to be cut from these programs, they are asking the Super Committee to approach those who make $500,000 or more for contributions to offset these cuts so that these important food programs may continue uninhibited. 
Contact: Fr. Michael Tyson, OFM

Direct Service

service

Efforts that work to address the immediate needs of people and/or creation.

“MEALS ON WHEELS” ASSESSMENTS AND SUPPORT AT ST. FRANCIS COMMUNITY CENTER

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Long Beach Township, N.J.
“Meals on Wheels” is a program that provides quality, nutritious meals to people assessed as eligible for the service. The meals are cooked locally and then delivered to clients by volunteers. St. Francis Center provides “Meals on Wheels” assessments for those in need. A group of parish volunteers delivers meals come rain or shine to roughly 85 people who are homebound and live alone. They are often the only contact the clients have with others; the contact is often valued as much as the food they receive. The drivers also provide a very important service, notifying the community’s Senior Services Department when a client does not answer the door so one of the outreach workers can check to be sure that that client is well.
Contact: Sr. Patricia Klemm, OSF


“MEALS ON WHEELS” SUPPORT

St. Camillus Parish
Silver Spring, Md.
The ministry’s mission is to provide prepared food for two meals per day to elderly, handicapped, shut-ins and ill members of the community.  For information from the parish website, please click here.
Contact: Mary Elizabeth Anderson


BREAD AND BLESSING SANDWICH PROGRAM

Our Lady of Lourdes Church/Rectory
Providence, R.I.
The Bread & Blessings Sandwich Program is a ministry that strives to feed the poor and homeless in Providence. Three times a week, over 30 volunteers of all ages serve coffee, hot chocolate, pastries and bag lunches to more than two hundred men, women and children at the Beneficent Congregational Church at 300 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence. Those lunches are made three times a week by another 30 volunteers.
Contact: Fr. Brice Leavins, OFM


BROWN BAG MINISTRY

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Raleigh, N.C.
The ministry  reaches out to those in need and feeds the hungry by preparing and distributing 100 brown bag lunches on the first and third Saturdays of the month to a low-income senior apartment complex in Durham.
Contact: Trevor Thompson 


DINNER PREPARED DAILY FOR 15 WOMEN IN TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish
Hartford, Conn.
This effort is part of the work of Catherine’s Place.
Contact: Trudi White, CVA


EMERGENCY SOUP KITCHEN

St. Mary of the Angels Parish
Anderson, S.C.
The Emergency Soup Kitchen provides a hot meal (noon) Monday through Friday and is closed on the weekends.
Contact: Nanette Perron, OFS


FEEDING LUNCH TO KIDS IN HAITI EVERY SCHOOL DAY

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish
Hartford, Conn.
As part of its covenant relationship with St. Genevieve’s in Haiti, the parish provides money to feed lunch to 400 children each school day.
Contact: Fran D’Amico


FOOD DRIVES

Immaculate Conception Parish
Durham, N.C.
The parish supports food drives for agencies that serve the needy and provides transport for donations to local pantries.
Contact:  Maryann Crea


FOOD PANTRY SPONSORED BY CATHOLIC PARISH OUTREACH

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Raleigh, N.C.
The largest food pantry in the “Triangle” area (area in and around Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, N.C.), the Catholic Parish Outreach Food Pantry’s mission is to provide food (and clothing) to those in need in this region.
Contact: Nora Detterline


FOOD PANTRY

Holy Name of Jesus Parish
New York, N.Y.
As of October 2011, the pantry offers food weekly, but with the economic downturn, the parish may need to reduce its offerings to monthly.
Contact: Fr. Michael Tyson, OFM


FOOD PANTRY

St. Anthony of Padua Parish
Greenville, S.C.
The St. Anthony Food Pantry gives out 500 bags of food every four days, and 28 family food boxes every month. Contact: Stephanie Rosso


FOOD PANTRY

St. Camillus Parish
Silver Spring, Md.
The aim of this ministry is to promote food security for members of the St. Camillus family and local residents. Food security is access to safe, adequate, sufficient, easy-to-use, and culturally-appropriate food at all times of the year. The parish operates two food pantries, one in the rectory basement and one in Langley Park, Md. which provide emergency food assistance to families in need. The Food Pantry Ministry has grown from serving approximately 100 families per year in 2002 to 5,500 families in 2010. This number is still increasing. For information from the parish website, please click here.
Contact: St. Camillus Food Pantry


FOOD PANTRY

St. Anthony of Padua Parish
Camden, N.J.
The food pantry serves parish and neighborhood families on an “as needed” basis. The pantry sometimes receives large donations and is then able to do significant distributions.
Contact: Rina Abreu


FOOD PANTRY

St. Paul Parish
Wilmington, Del.
For many years, the parish has had a very active food pantry in place that serves approximately 50 families each week.  It also distributes turkeys and full Thanksgiving meals to over 200 families each year, and food and toys to over 200 families each Christmas.  
Contact: Miguel Gutierrez 


ST. PATRICK FOOD PANTRY

St. Patrick Friary
Buffalo, N.Y.
St. Patrick Food Pantry is located at 102 Seymour St., Buffalo, New York  14210.  Since the 1920s, when “knights of the road” would hop off railroad cars on N. Division St. and walk to the friary to request food donations, there has been a system of food distribution in one form or other at St. Patrick’s.

In recent years, volunteers packed bags with a 3-day balanced meal and distributed them to clients on the first floor of the friary, along with supplemental food.  In November, 2013 St. Patrick’s changed this practice, opening the “Clients’ Choice Pantry” in the friary’s two-car garage; the space was renovated to include heat, electricity, and new shelving.  Clients currently come on their appointment date, sign in, and then walk with one of the volunteers to choose their food from the different food groups and according to the size of their household.  The pantry receives fresh bread on distribution days thanks to the generosity of a local bakery.  Another donor also provides other baked goods, cakes, and sometimes pies from a chain grocery store.  Because of the generosity of local parishes, the pantry is able to give out toiletries and paper products monthly (these items cannot be purchased with food stamps).  Another generous group makes up Easter baskets for the children of the families.

Every client has to be certified to visit the pantry.  They must present an ID for every member of their household, proof of residency, and proof of income which may include records of employment, unemployment, social security benefits, pension, food stamps, etc.

The local Food Bank gives guidance in determining clients’ eligibility for the pantry.  Clients usually come to the pantry once a month, but in cases of emergency or special need they are allowed a second bag.  After that they must get a referral from Social Services to receive more food.  The pantry acts only as a supplement and not as a first source of food.  Buffalo’s food pantries each serve a designated number of streets and zip codes.  St. Patrick Food Pantry serves part of zip code 14210 and part of 14206.  The Food Bank of Western New York delivers to the pantry once a month.  Volunteers  also will make food deliveries to clients who are medically incapacitated or have no transportation.  In addition, the friars supply families with food during emergencies, like severe snowstorms.

Once a year all the clients have to recertify and bring their records up to date.  At that time, families with children 12 years and under fill out a wish list for Santa Claus that includes clothing sizes and other hoped for gifts from Santa.  Many generous people call to sponsor a family.  Those not sponsored receive a bag of toys that a “Faithful and Secret Santa Claus” buys all year long.  These bags are packed by volunteers and given to the parents of the unsponsored children.  Several local parishes also buy gifts for the children.

Last summer the pantry held for the first time a “Community Service Fair” in the large garden at the friary.  There were many representatives to give information regarding employment, housing, adult day care, free health care (screening for blood pressure, cholesterol, osteoporosis, etc.), a summer fun program for children, credit counseling, social services, etc.  This opportunity was open not only to pantry clients, but to the surrounding neighborhood and community.

Besides putting recipes from time to time in their food bags, a nutritionist from the Food Bank comes during pantry distribution days to give away samples of nutritious food and/or serve them, along with recipes, to the clients.

The Pantry hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; in emergency cases, someone can be reached off hours at 716-856-5790.
Contact: Fr. Jud Weiksnar, OFM


HUMAN CONCERNS/FOOD PANTRY AT ST. FRANCIS COMMUNITY CENTER

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Long Beach Township, N.J.
Human Concerns is a homeless prevention program that assists clients with utility and housing issues.  To help those in need in the area, the parish and Community Center oversee a food pantry which accepts both food and monetary donations.  Each week, volunteers gather the food from the church and Center, sort and store the collected goods as well as whatever is secured from a regional food bank.  Then bags are prepared for distribution to clients.  Four days a week the Food Pantry is staffed by volunteers taking phone calls from people requesting food or assistance with heat or electricity costs among other needs.  The volunteers help clients who come in for food by giving them some of the prepared food bags as well as any available frozen or refrigerated food and much needed toiletries.                                                                                                           Contact: Sr. Patricia Klemm, OSF


HOUSE OF BREAD PARTNERSHIP

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish
Hartford, Conn.
St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church works in partnership with The House of Bread to deliver nutrition, housing, education and employment services to the poor. For more information from the parish’s website, clickhere.
Contact: Fr. Thomas Gallagher, OFM


KID’S CAFE

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish
Hartford, Conn.
Through its efforts with House of Bread, the parish helps feed approx. 450 local kids a nutritious and balanced meal each evening.
Contact: House of Bread


MEALS AT FRANCIS HOUSE

St. Anthony of Padua Parish
Camden, N.J.
Francis House is a community that creates a place for those who are infected with HIV, and for their families and friends to share companionship, lunch, and friendship in a trusting, caring, safe environment where no one is judged and no questions are asked. Francis House programs run Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Warm meals are provided every program day at noon. Meals are provided through donations of food and money and are mainly cooked by volunteers.
Contact: Sue Piliro


MEALS FOR THE HOMELESS

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Triangle, Va.
Parishioners assist two shelters. The Action in the Community Through Service (ACTS) Hilda M. Barg Homeless Prevention Center is a 30-bed, short-term shelter helping homeless families and single adults develop individual plans that promote self-sufficient living. The parish volunteers at the Hilda Barg Shelter twice a year, once in the summer and once in the winter. The Bill Mehr Drop-In Shelter opened in 2002. Its purpose is to provide the chronically homeless a place where basic physical needs, such as food, showers, clothing, tents, blankets, etc. can be provided. St. Francis of Assisi Parish supports the drop-in shelter all year-round. Parishioners provide dinner from October through March and provide breakfast from April through September.
Contact: Francia Salguero


MEALS FOR THE HUNGRY

Immaculate Conception Parish
Durham, N.C.
Immaculate Conception parishioners prepare and serve one meal each month to hungry homeless brothers and sisters at the Community Kitchen of Urban Ministries of Durham.
Contact: Patrick Bohmer


MONTHLY NON-PERISHABLE FOOD/FROZEN DINNER COLLECTIONS

St. Bonaventure Parish
Paterson, N.J.
Parishioners contribute the food to the pantry at the Father English Center in Paterson, N.J. Frozen dinners are given out after all Masses on the third weekend of each month. Frozen dinner pick-up is the fourth Saturday of every month from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in front of the parish’s Bishop Manning Hall.
Contact: Sr. Jean Amore, SMIC


OUR DAILY BREAD

Catholic Center at University of Georgia
Athens, Ga.
The Catholic Center at the University of Georgia is a Support Congregation of Our Daily Bread Ministries. A variety of university-affiliated volunteers periodically plan menus, purchase groceries, prepare lunches and serve the guests at “Our Daily Bread,” the only soup kitchen in the immediate Athens area.
Contact: George Dougherty


PARISH FOOD COLLECTION FOR HOUSE OF BREAD

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish
Hartford, Conn.
General collections to provide for the shelves at House of Bread.
Contact: Sr. Theresa Fonti, CSJ


PROVIDE MEALS TO THOSE EXPERIENCING POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS

St. Francis Inn
Philadelphia, Pa.
The Inn staff provides nutritious meals to men, women and children in its dining room which is open seven days a week. The Inn continues its work thanks to the generosity of benefactors and volunteers who enable the organization to continue to feed its guests every day.
Contact: Br. John Gill, OFM


SANDWICH MINISTRY

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish
Hartford, Conn.
Parishioners make sandwiches every day of the year to help feed those in the city who are hungry. For information from the parish’s website, click here.
Contact: Trudi White, CVA


ST. FRANCIS FEEDS

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Raleigh, N.C.
Volunteers prepare meals each month and serve them to those in the local community. One meal is served to the families of the children in a local after school program in the program’s facility. During the second meal, the doors of the facility are opened wide and all who come are fed.  To lean more about the effort, click here.
Contact: Donna Mariani


ST. FRANCIS HOUSE

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Triangle, Va.
In an effort to better serve the many needs of the low-income and disadvantaged families in the community, St. Francis House was established in 1992. St. Francis House is located in a rented townhouse within the Williamstown community of Prince William Country. St. Francis House provides emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities and medicine, as well as a food pantry, community resources referral program, family literacy program, and summer program.
Contact: Francia Salguero


INTERFAITH FOOD SHUTTLE

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Raleigh, N.C.
In the belief that hunger is unacceptable and can be alleviated, the Shuttle’s mission is to develop systems to recover, prepare and distribute wholesome and perishable food for those in the area who are poor, hungry, undernourished and homeless. 
Contact: Suzanne Szymendera


INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK

Immaculate Conception Parish
Durham, N.C.
The parish is part of this network that provides emergency meals for homeless families at local Durham places of worship. 
Contact: Patricia Basta or Catherine Pleil


WAKE INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Raleigh, N.C.
As part of its mission to help homeless families achieve independent living, the community provides food to them in times of transition and need. For information from the parish website, click here.
Contact: Ron Smith


WEEKLY ECUMENICAL FOOD EFFORT

St. Mary of the Angels Parish
Anderson, S.C.
Anderson area churches provide and distribute bagged lunches on Saturdays to help those in need make it through the weekend when most area soup kitchens are closed.
Contact: Nanette Perron, OFS


OPERATION TURKEY

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Triangle, Va.
In an effort to bring Thanksgiving turkeys to the tables of those in need, St. Francis of Assisi Parish joined forces with ACTS, an agency of  of Prince William Country, to provide turkeys to families in Eastern Prince William County.
Contact:  Francia Salguero


THANKSGIVING ACTIVE RESPONSE

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish
Hartford, Conn.
The Men’s Fellowship of St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church collects turkeys and other items on the 2nd Sunday of November. Those items are used on Thanksgiving Day at both the House of Bread and the Sandwich Ministry. Parishioners also pack the bag lunches on Thanksgiving morning.
Contact: Pat Curtis


THANKSGIVING FOOD DISTRIBUTION

St. Anthony of Padua Parish
Camden, N.J.
An annual effort, the parish collects food for those in the community in need so they can enjoy a Thanksgiving Day meal.
Contact: Rina Abreu


THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

St. Bonaventure Parish
Paterson, N.J.
Sponsored by the St. Bonaventure Youth Ministry, parishioners are invited to donate non-perishables after all Masses the first few weeks in November.
Contact: Sr. Jean Amore, SMIC


WALK AGAINST HUNGER

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish
Hartford, Conn.
Since 2003, the parish has participated annually in the Walk Against Hunger, both to raise awareness about the issue and to raise funds for its partner, The House of Bread. For information from the parish website about the yearly spring event, click here.
Contact: Trudi White


CROP HUNGER WALK

Immaculate Conception Parish
Durham, N.C.
CROP Hunger Walk is an annual fall event which combines fun and fundraising to raise money for hungry people throughout the world. Walkers invite friends to sponsor them with a contribution of $5, $10, $20 or more.
Contact: Mary Jane Wiethe