Inspired by author and Dimensions of Faith speaker Sara Miles’s charismatic ministry to feed people, St. Matthew’s opened a food pantry in March, 2010, with assistance from Dare to Care, a citywide organization that distributes food to those in need. Twenty-five families were served on opening day, with over 987 families served by the end of the first year.
The only food pantry in Louisville’s east end, it is open once each month, and currently serves well over 200 families monthly. Parishioners served the first guests, but now both guests and parishioners of all ages volunteer. No one is turned away and identification or proof of income is not required.
Other parish groups have at times broadened the food pantry offerings. The Youth Group has baked cookies, and other parishioners have prepared meals and donated money. Items other than food have been distributed at the food pantry, including coats and toys around the holidays.
A family room is now hosted by Children’s Program volunteers for small children to watch movies and play while their parents wait to be served.
Our Food Pantry Vegetable Garden
The St. Matthew’s vegetable garden was planted to provide fresh vegetables to the Food Pantry during the growing season. Between Food Pantry dates, our Narthex Farmers Market on Sundays sells excess produce from the garden to raise money for the Food Pantry.