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FOOD PANTRY2018-10-12T16:56:26+00:00

Project Description

Nothing can be accomplished on an empty stomach…

The Customer-Choice Food Pantry provides groceries to low-income families in a shopping-style environment. We distribute women’s and children’s clothing and household linens, and provide assistance with benefit programs and referrals to other services. When available, we have information about Medicare/Medicaid, private health insurance, government-issued cell phone services, and the Earned Income and school tax credits.

Pre-packaged bags of groceries are provided on an emergency basis during the week at the reception desk of the Church of St. Francis Xavier.

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Guests

Days of Operation:
Emergency Pantry –  Monday-Friday
Customer-Choice: 2nd Saturday of every month (Registration required)

Hours of Operation:
Emergency Pantry: 10:00am–2:00pm
Customer-Choice: 9:30am–11:30am (Doors open at 9:00am)

Location:
55 West 15th St., between 5th & 6th Aves.

Questions:

Volunteer

Volunteers

Volunteer Shift:
2nd Saturday, 8:30am–12:00pm

Location:
55 West 15th St., between 5th & 6th Aves.

Notes:
Spanish- and Chinese-speaking volunteers are especially needed!

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Donors

25% of what is handed out at Food Pantry is donated by generous people like you. We accept non-perishable food items, food-drive benefits and of course, monetary donations.

Can I make a monetary donation to the Food Pantry?2018-09-30T20:53:39+00:00

Absolutely! Please visit our Donation page for information about monetary donations.

Can I run a food drive to benefit the pantry?2018-09-30T20:52:20+00:00

Yes! It helps to offset our out-of-pocket costs for the pantry when we receive the proceeds of a food drive. There are two ways to do a drive:

  • Set up an online drive at www.YouGiveGoods.com (preferred method)! An online drive has many benefits to the organizer, the donors, and to Xavier Mission. They include:
    • Ease of communications: Information about our organization can be included on the food drive website so people can learn about who they are donating to. A link to the online drive can be easily disseminated to your entire email listserv for maximum participation.
    • Convenience: An online drive allows people to make a donation to cover the cost of specific food items without having to actually go out and buy the items, and without the organizer having to transport all of the items at the end of the drive. YouGiveGoods will deliver all of the food that was purchased directly to Xavier Mission!
    • Maximum effectiveness: An online drive allows the organizer to specify what food items are needed. This greatly helps Xavier Mission to manage our inventory and not end up with food items that we cannot use, that are damaged, or that are expired. Organizers can contact Xavier Mission to find out what items are most needed and include those items on the online list.
  • A traditional in-house food drive, where people drop off donations to a specified location.

Please contact Christina at cbowman@xaviermission.org if you would like to organize a food drive for Xavier Mission.

Can I donate food to the pantry?2018-09-30T20:49:31+00:00

We accept donations of non-perishable food items for the pantry. Please contact Christina at cbowman@xaviermission.org to find out what items are particularly needed.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Turkey

Each year for the Thanksgiving holiday, Xavier Mission provides:

    • A Thanksgiving Day dinner for disabled and senior members of our community
    • Dinner delivery to homebound community members
    • Food baskets (including turkeys!) to our Food Pantry families
    • A special Thanksgiving Welcome Table lunch the Sunday following the holiday

In all, we provide more than 4,000 meals during the holiday week!

Guests

How do I receive a food basket?2018-10-12T09:24:35+00:00

Food baskets are reserved for registered guests of our monthly food pantry. Guests must have visited the pantry at least 4 times in the preceding year and their registration must be up to date (meaning they must have re-registered in September or October).

How many food baskets will I receive?2018-10-12T09:25:44+00:00

If you are eligible, you will receive baskets based on the number of people in your household.

1-4 people: 1 basket + 1 turkey
5-8 people: 2 baskets + 1 turkey
9-12 people: 3 baskets + 2 turkeys

What kind of food is in the food basket?2018-10-12T09:26:33+00:00

Each basket has the following items:

1 box of stuffing
2 jars of turkey gravy
2 cans of chicken broth
2 cans of cranberry sauce
1 box of mashed potatoes
1 box/bag of rice
1 box/bag of pasta
1 box of biscuit mix OR box of corn muffin mix
2 cans of yams
5 cans of vegetables
5 cans of fruit
1 bottle of applesauce
1 box of cake mix
2 boxes of pudding
1 bottle of juice
2 cartons of shelf-stable milk/Parmalat

How will I know to pick up my basket?2018-10-12T09:27:15+00:00

After the October pantry, eligible guests will receive letters with a form included. Guests must return the completed form. Once the completed form has been received, they will be contacted to schedule a time to pick up their basket. Pick-ups are on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Please do not show up without scheduling an appointment!

Volunteers

When can I sign up to volunteer?2018-10-11T21:30:48+00:00

Sign-ups usually go live in late September or early October. Keep an eye on our website and newsletters for notifications that our sign-ups are open.

What opportunities are there for Thanksgiving volunteering?2018-10-11T21:31:21+00:00

Our Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities span the whole week! We need volunteers on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the holiday week to package and distribute pantry baskets and prep in the kitchen. We need volunteers on Wednesday night to help set up and decorate. We need volunteers on Thanksgiving Day to deliver homebound meals, prepare the meal, serve the meal, and clean up after the meal.

I really want to serve the meal on Thanksgiving Day. How can I make sure I get a spot?2018-10-11T21:31:58+00:00

All volunteer sign-ups are first come-first served. Once sign-ups are open, the meal service spots tend to fill up fairly quickly. Because so many people are interested in this shift, volunteers must reserve their spot with a $30 donation. This is the only Thanksgiving volunteer shift that requires a reservation donation.

Do I need a car to help deliver homebound meals?2018-10-11T21:32:28+00:00

Ideally, volunteers for homebound meals will sign up as teams, which includes someone with a vehicle (drivers) and additional team members to bring the meals from the car to the apartments (runners). However, if you have a driver but no runners, or want to be a runner but don’t have a driver, please register anyway and we will match you up with other volunteers who need a team!

Donors

Can I make a monetary donation for Thanksgiving?2018-10-12T14:46:49+00:00

Absolutely! Please see our Holiday Hope and Healing Campaign to make a donation for Thanksgiving.

I used to contribute to the Thanksgiving Meal Fund. What happened to that campaign?2018-10-11T21:35:17+00:00

Beginning in 2018, instead of doing separate Thanksgiving and Year-End Appeals, we combined our fundraising efforts into a new “Holiday Hope and Healing Campaign.” This campaign streamlines our fundraising efforts, ensuring that less money and time is spent on raising funds, and more time is spent on putting your donations to work to provide hope and healing to our community!

Can I donate food for Thanksgiving?2018-10-11T21:37:02+00:00

We do accept some food donations for the holiday meals, specifically pies for the Thanksgiving Day dinner and homebound meals. Please contact Christina at cbowman@xaviermission.org to discuss food donations.

Can I run a food drive for Thanksgiving?2018-10-11T21:39:54+00:00

Yes! It helps to offset our out-of-pocket costs for Thanksgiving and our Food Pantry when we receive the proceeds of a food drive. There are two ways to do a drive:

  • An online drive (preferred method!): Set up an online drive at www.YouGiveGoods.com! An online drive has many benefits to the organizer, the donors, and to Xavier Mission. They include:
    • Ease of communications: Information about our organization can be included on the food drive website so people can learn about who they are donating to. A link to the online drive can be easily disseminated to your entire email listserv for maximum participation.
    • Convenience: An online drive allows people to make a donation to cover the cost of specific food items without having to actually go out and buy the items, and without the organizer having to transport all of the items at the end of the drive. YouGiveGoods will deliver all of the food that was purchased online directly to Xavier Mission!
    • Maximum effectiveness: An online drive allows the organizer to specify what food items are needed. This greatly helps Xavier Mission to manage our inventory and not end up with food items that we cannot use, that are damaged, or that are expired. Organizers can contact Xavier Mission to find out what items are most needed and include those items on the online list.
  • A traditional in-house food drive, where people drop off donations to a specified location.

Please contact Christina at cbowman@xaviermission.org if you would like to organize a food drive for Xavier Mission