St. Joseph's Food Pantry

St. Joseph's Food Pantry

 

Purpose
To serve the hungry in our community with a caring spirit and respect for their dignity –
“Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you …  “

Responsibilities
St. Joseph Food Pantry has many volunteers, divided into teams with specific responsibilities.  The inventory team works on Monday adding new food donations to the pantry shelves.  Items are processed by marking bar codes, sorting by item and expiration date.  Many of the parish youth are involved in working in the Food Pantry and organizing food drives.  On Wednesday, the assembly team fills recyclable grocery bags for client distribution.  The shopping team coordinates with inventory to shop weekly for needed items.  The Food Pantry also has a client registration team that includes a bilingual person, financial and data input leaders as well as volunteer and visiting group coordinators.

Helpful Attributes
Our volunteers share a common goal …  to provide a welcoming environment, a friendly smile, and a word of encouragement.

Training & Time Commitment
Pantry volunteers get “on the job” training by coming to the pantry on either Monday morning for inventory (9-11), Wednesday afternoon either shift for assembly & distribution (4-5:30 or 5:30-6:45) or Friday (12-1) for Our Family distribution.  The pantry uses a Google calendar for the convenience of our volunteers.  Volunteering at St. Joseph Food Pantry can be a rewarding and fun experience and a wonderful way for our youth to learn about serving others.

Distribution Times
Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm