Food Pantry

Our food pantry serves the south-west neighborhood of the city of York. Monthly more than 100 families are served. The families are carefully vetted to make sure we are reaching the most needy among us.

Tuesday is distribution day from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Pantry needs for October are:  soup, rice, jelly, and canned vegetables (carrots, beets, lima beans). 

Plastic bags (grocery size) are always needed. 

Money donations are also gratefully accepted.  Please place cash or check in a “special” envelope marked “Pantry”.

In addition to food, in August, 160 backpacks were distributed to children in grades K thru 8 whose parents are clients of St. Paul’s Pantry.  Many thanks to the children and staff of the Vacation Bible School who packed these backpacks with tablets, pencil boxes stuffed with pens and pencils, and other significant school supplies and thanks also to those who supported the purchase of the materials by giving to the special Lenten Offerings.  Staff of the Pantry gave extra time to establish a list of names of those families who received the backpacks.  This is another way that St. Paul’s is embracing the neighborhood with God’s love.

The Food Pantry is staffed by about 50 volunteers and has been open to our neighbors in need for 30 years.  Provisions come from donations brought in by our members, Scout Troop 19 Food Drive,  the York County Food Bank, the Central Penn Food Bank, and the Letter Carriers Food Drive.   St. Paul’s Preschool has helped and collected food  items for the Food Pantry for Thanksgiving.  Bread not sold on Monday’s at Panera, is picked up and packaged for our clients.  Thanks to Hillandale Farms, we have fresh eggs for our pantry clients and during the summer growing season we have fresh produce grown in the Community Garden – a joint project of St. Paul’s and the Unitarian Universalist Church of York.  Both the eggs and the fresh produce are wonderful nutritional additions for our pantry clients.

We are in need of Pantry volunteers!

Work in the pantry one Tuesday morning a month for 3 hours!  Please see Teresa Rohrbaugh for days and time that help is needed or call the church office, 717-843-8155.  Thank you to all of our current volunteers!  We could not offer this service to our neighbors without your help.  Schedules are mailed out to volunteers quarterly.  If you can’t help out each month, maybe you would consider signing up to be a sub on Tuesday mornings in the Pantry.  We need volunteers to sub on Tuesday mornings to help cover for those on vacation.

Janet and Larry Moore are always looking for help to get the food to the pantry.  The Pantry has moved to its new location on the North side of the building and there is a ramp for getting food into and clients taking food out of the Pantry.  Eggs are picked up from Hillandale and food from the York County Food Bank.  If you have a truck and are available one morning a month, the Food Bank helps to load the food and there is help at the church to unload the food.  Help is also needed on select Thursday mornings each month to help unload and place food products in the pantry area that have been delivered by Central Penn Food Bank!  It takes much food and many hands to feed the hungry in our community!

Our children in grades 3-6 have toured and learned how the Food Pantry helps people in our community.  They have learned that over 50 volunteers from St. Paul’s help in many different ways and how a family gets food when they come on Tuesdays.  They were given the opportunity to put their muscles to work stocking the shelves with new food.  For more information about the pantry, please contact Janet or Larry Moore.

Community Garden

In 2010 we entered into a joint gardening project with our neighbors at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York. Working in God’s soil with compatible people is a joy. The garden is “green” in every sense of the word; care is taken with the plantings, choices of plants, locale and weather considerations.

What do we do with all of the fresh produce?  We provide this produce to our Food Pantry clients on Tuesdays.  For those people who visit our Tuesday food distribution, they are thrilled with the locally grown fresh produce like Romaine lettuce, fresh juicy tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, collard greens.  They don’t always have the luxury of fresh produce on a regular basis.  Workers gather at a variety of times to carry out the tasks of weeding, harvesting and replanting and the gardeners are always happy for additional hands.

The pleasure of working together has reaped a harvest of food and friendship for the community.  We have been blessed with an abundance of wonderful produce over the years.

Thank you to all of our gardeners for all of your hard work!  It is much appreciated by the recipients!

 

” The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.”    Isiah 58:11