St. Joseph’s food pantry has existed for over 30 years to help people in need of food as a result of unemployment, disabilities, illness, and other unfortunate situations. The Food Pantry shelves are stocked from the generous donations of our parishioners. If you would like to contribute to the Food Pantry you can leave non-perishable items in the back of the Church or at the rectory. Cash donations can also be sent to the Parish Office or by using the monthly Food Pantry envelope. Each month we help feed between 60 & 70 families. To accomplish this we are in need of volunteers on a weekly, monthly and/or seasonal basis.
WAYS TO BECOME INVOLVED ARE:
Items that are most needed are: Canned meats, fish, vegetables, fruit, soups, beans; peanut butter and jelly, pasta and sauce, boxed rice and potatoes, pancake mix & syrup, cereals (hot and cold), cake mixes and icing, juices.
St. Martha’s Coupon Cutters/Sorters
Each week we shop the sales and use coupons to get the best deals. We are in need of people who will save and collect coupons, and others to cut, and sort coupons. This is a great project for those who may be homebound or to do as a family.
With the monetary donations we receive we purchase gift cards from the school (and they in return receive a % of the sale). We then review the weekly flyers, make a list by supermarket, email our shoppers, who then pick up gift cards, and shop to replenish the pantry. The stores we shop are Pathmark, Stop & Shop, and Shoprite. We are in need of people to review the ads, write the lists as well as shoppers. Can you help… once a week, once a month or on a seasonal basis?
Bag Prep, Distribution and Delivery
Every week we have: crews who prepare food bags and organize the pantry. We also are in need of volunteers to greet the clients and distribute the food, Wed. 5:30 – 7:00 PM and Thursday 12:30 – 2:00 PM. Volunteers are needed to deliver food to some of our clients who are homebound.
Bread Pick Up and Delivery
Stop and Shop donates some of its’ day old bread to our pantry on a daily basis. The bread needs to be picked up every day (7 days a week) between 7:30 AM and Noon. We are in need of volunteers who would be willing to pick up and deliver the bread to our pantry and excess to other pantries and soup kitchens in the area. One day a week or one day a month, any time you could give would be greatly appreciated.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter Food Distribution
Certain times of the year our goal is to provide extra items for a special holiday meal, as well as our normal distribution. Last year we helped 85 families. The projection for this year is about 100 families. Much help is needed to sort food, stock the shelves, and prepare the bags as well as being available for the clients to pick up the packages. Help is needed both daytime and evening.
Seasonal Food Drives:
Several times of year we collect food for our pantry and others. Volunteers are needed to coordinate the collection of the donations, sort and stock the shelves. Some of those drives are:
“Souper Bowl Sunday” (February)
US Postal Service Food Drive (May)
Action Against Hunger (October)
Thanksgiving and Christmas (Nov. & Dec.)
Coordinator for the Seasonal Food Distributions
If you have been told that you are a great organizer we need you. Our volunteers are ready to work, they just need someone who will let them know the dates and times they are needed to sort, package, distribute or deliver our holiday packages.
Many hands make light work!
Please consider getting involved in this worthy endeavor. If there is any project you would like to volunteer for or want more information about, please contact the parish office at 201-342-6300.
If you are in need of assistance call the rectory and make an appointment to pick up food. Download our Food Pantry Registration Form and bring it with you.