2nd and 4th Monday
Feeding hungry people seems like such a natural thing for a church to do. Hungry people come to church to be fed spiritually. Hungry people should be able to come to church to be fed physically too. That’s why St. Augustine’s has a Neighborhood Food Pantry!
We know that there are too many in our community who simply don’t have enough food. We also know that it's often those with low-paying jobs, who don’t qualify for emergency assistance, and struggle to feed their families and pay their bills. This food pantry was created for them.
Here's how it works
We don't require registration, proof of need, or proof of income: no questions asked. If someone comes, they must be hungry.
We have bags of groceries ready and will deliver and place in your car for you. If you need a mask, we have those too!
take your food home
Drive thru is little to no waiting, and you have groceries placed in your car and can head home!
Covid-19 has changed many things for us all! We have set up a Drive Thru! So our neighbors are not waiting! Drive in, Pick up and Drive Out! Our neighbors check in, groceries are delivered and placed in cars and drive out! Simple, easy and fast! The Feedback has been positive that our neighbors like this approach and respects their time! Our selection of food varies in the packaged groceries and we offer selection whenever possible.
Where does the food come from?
Supporting our neighbors
We buy our food from two sources: Second Harvest Gleaners, and Feeding America Food Bank.
Second Harvest Gleaners is a distributor of surplus food. We order from their stock every week, knowing that their stock changes every week. This allows our neighbors to select our items at no cost and use their grocery money for other things at the store.
The food we buy from Feeding America Food Bank is purchased for a maximum of 16 cents per pound. Those are huge savings over grocery store prices. A box of cereal costs us 15 cents instead of 3 or 4 dollars. A jar of peanut butter might be a quarter instead of 2 dollars. We fund our pantry from our church budget, but we gladly accept direct monetary contributions to our account with Gleaners. Direct monetary contributions to Gleaners also come with generous tax benefits for those who choose to donate. Please contact the parish office to find out more.
Does our Neighborhood Food Pantry make a difference? Absolutely! Many of our neighbors come every time we’re open, while others come once in a while as they need the help. A few come only once.
We remember when once, a troubled looking woman came through our door. She was driving by with her husband and five kids when she saw our “pantry open” sign. She asked what she needed to do to qualify to use our pantry. One of our parishioners looked at her, smiled, and said, “You don’t need to do anything. Here’s a couple empty bags. Take what you need.” You could see a huge weight was lifted from her shoulders, and she and her husband chose what they needed and went on their way. We haven’t seen them since, but we know that we could be a blessing to that family that day.