At St. Matthew’s Food Pantry, no one is turned away and identification or proof of income is not required.
Because of the pandemic, the Food Pantry is currently operating as a no-contact, social-distancing, drive-through pickup behind the church building at 330 N. Hubbards Lane. Distribution is usually from 9:30-11a on the third Saturday. All guests must wear masks and stay in their cars when they come to receive food. Even if you’re inside the car, we ask you keep your mask on so we can all stay safe.
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.