May 2020 Food Pantry Update:
We are experiencing something we all could never have imagined.  We can’t worship our Lord during Mass as a Parish.  Many people have lost their lives, others are sick, people are out of work, and many had to choose between paying bills or putting food on their table.
Because of these difficult times, and the fact that other pantries and soup kitchens have closed, there has been an increase in the number of requests for help.  Not only are more people in need but they are asking for items that we have not supplied before.
Households are requesting perishable goods, toiletries and paper products as well as the things that we have been giving out.
So again, we are making a plea to our very generous parishioners.
We know that many of you who are reading this, may be experiencing problems yourself, but our request is for your help within your means.

Financial donations are always fantastic, in addition this long list of items is needed and greatly appreciated:

The Usual Items:
Pasta, Noodles, Macaroni & Cheese, Pasta Helpers, Sauce, Canned Vegetables of All Kinds, Canned Beans of All Kinds, Canned Fruits of All Kinds, Canned White Potatoes, Canned Yams, or Sweet Potatoes, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Canned Tuna, Canned Chicken, Spam, Soup, Rice, Instant Mashed Potatoes, Canned Juices, Boxed Juices or Bottle Juices, Evaporated Milk, Dry Milk, Applesauce, Puddings, Dried Beans, Peas, Lentils, Crackers, etc …

 New Items Asked for:
Perishable items like; Milk, Eggs, Fresh Fruit, Fresh Vegetables, Bread, Meats, Cheese, etc …
Also; Cereals, Raisins, Oatmeal Packets, Instant Oatmeal, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Napkins, Soap, Disposable Razors, Shampoo, Toothpaste, etc …

Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness,
Carmine and Marcia Trotta, Food Pantry Coordinators

April 2020 Food Pantry Update
We thanked you for your generosity at Thanksgiving.
And we thanked you for your generosity at Christmas.
You provided food and monies to help families in need have holidays they might not otherwise have had.
Then came Easter, and early on we asked for your support in the bulletin.  We were low on supplies and weekly requests had been going up.  We were nearly out of food.  Things even got worse when this dangerous, life threatening virus changed our way of life in so many ways.  We couldn’t come to church, go out to dinner, and in many cases even see our loved ones.  We had to wear masks and gloves and worry if we had jobs.  We were scared that something bad might happen to those loved ones or we might even die.  It was and still remains a difficult time.
But, throughout this pandemic you never forgot about our neighbors, people you don’t even know.  You knew their worries were similar to yours but greater in some respects because they might not be able to feed their families or celebrate a holiday.  You cared about them as you cared for your own.
You shopped, wrote out checks and in many cases called us to ask what was needed and when things could be dropped off.
Early on we made up 100 boxes for Easter distribution and 30 bags for weekly needs.
Then came Palm Sunday weekend.
You dropped off bags and cases of food items, and hands full of checks or cash to guarantee those neighbors didn’t have to have an additional thing to be concerned about.  God bless you all.
It took us 3 hours non stop to put away what was donated on Saturday.
So, thank you for your Easter and pandemic generosity, a generosity second to no one.
I must mention that there were also some of the vendors that the parish use and some of the food pantries in the city that closed that thought about us.  They donated canned goods and items for breakfast and snacks.  They were very, very generous as well.
On behalf of those you helped, and from both of us,

Thank you so much,
Carmine and Marcia Trotta, Food Pantry Coordinators