These three words sum up the work of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.
We do not ask about the family's race, religion, nationality and so on. The only requirement to receive help is to have a genuine need and to live within the geographic boundaries of our three parishes.
We are neighbors going out to help our fellow neighbors. When a family is in need, we pair them with a SVDP member.
In the St. Denis and St. Columba School, we have a food pantry with wire racks, four freezers and a refrigerator.
Once we have provided the family with food, we try to help in other ways. Or we can simply be a comforting friend.
The commitment in time for the member is variable and flexible.
Non-perishable food is donated by the parish communities. We purchase meat, dairy and other essentials as funds are available. We are members of the Regional Food Bank where we can buy donated and co-operative foods. We are also eligible for US Department of Agriculture products.
We coordinate the holiday food baskets and gifts at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Through the generosity of the parishioners, we are able to provide baskets to over 150 families each holiday.
Generally, we collect school supplies in September and have available a selection of coats, hats and gloves for needy children.
In an average month, we help approximately 105 families, which includes 123 children, 185 adults and 31 seniors.
To learn more about SVDP
Attend a meeting held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM
(excluding July and August)
in the St. Columba-St Denis School at Classroom #11
History / Mission
In 1980, to help with calls for food and other assistance, the parishioners of St. Denis and St. Columba banded together to distribute Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter baskets. By 1981, the first food pantry was organized in the basement of a private home.
Eventually a pantry was built in the back of St. Denis-St. Columba School. In 1998, Blessed Kateri, now St. Kateri Tekakwitha, joined the other two pantries. The food pantry was remodeled in 2005 and blessed by Monsignor Colacicco.
This organization brings together volunteers from the parishes of St. Denis, St. Columba and St. Kateri and other members of the community to fulfill corporal works of mercy by acts of charity to others. We do this primarily by helping people in genuine need of supplemental food assistance.
We Help People
Sources / Resources
"Extend your mercy towards others
so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping.
For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His Mercy from us?"
- St. Vincent de Paul-
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