At St. Matthew’s Food Pantry, no one is turned away and identification or proof of income is not required.
Our Food Pantry is usually held the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9a-noon. (It has rarely been moved to the 4th Saturday.)
If you would like to volunteer, feel free to come to the Saints Hall entrance on Pantry day as early as 8:30a to help set up, as late as noon to help close down, or any time in between to help the pantry run. You do not need to sign up in advance to volunteer at the food pantry.
Inspired by author and Dimensions of Faith speaker Sara Miles’s charismatic ministry to feed people, St. Matthew’s opened its first monthly food pantry in March, 2010, with food provided by Dare to Care, the citywide food bank that distributes food to those in need. Twenty-five families made up of more than 100 people were served on opening day, with over 987 families served by the end of the first year.
The only weekend food pantry in Louisville’s east end, it is open once each month, and currently serves well over 200 families in a typical month. From the very beginning, following the practice we learned from Sara Miles, we invite guests, parishioners, and other volunteers of all ages to join in making the pantry happen. No one who comes for food is turned away, and we require no identification or proof of income. As in Matthew 25, “When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat.”
Other parish groups have added to the food pantry offerings. The Youth Group has baked cookies, and other parishioners have prepared meals, brought produce from their gardens, and donated money. Items other than food have been distributed at the food pantry, including coats and toys around the holidays, feminine hygiene products and other necessities that are not covered by federal assistance.