Dear Friends of the St. Joseph Food Pantry,
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) has sponsored a food drive for several years. The St Joseph Food Pantry has depended on the donation of food from this drive, often totaling several hundred thousand pounds of food, to help feed the hungry in Manatee County.
In 2020 the food drive was cancelled due to the pandemic. As a result the Food Pantry had to purchase food, which would not ordinarily have been necessary. This year again there will be no pick up of food donations from mailboxes. However, the NALC is sponsoring an online donation drive to raise funds for the participating food pantries, including St Joseph's.
You are encouraged to make a donation online by going directly to nalc.org/food, use the dropdown menu to find FLORIDA, and go to the bottom portion of the list to find "St Joseph Catholic Church Food Pantry."
If you prefer, donations can always be sent directly to the Food Pantry through the Parish Office or by donating online to the Food Pantry https://sjcfl.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/FoodPantry.
We look forward to a successful Letter Carriers' Donor Drive and appreciate your past and current support for the Food Pantry in its mission to feed the hungry of Manatee County.
The St. Joseph Food Pantry Advisory Board
Testimonial: "Dear St Joseph Food Pantry,
Thank you. After a drunk driver hit me, I had to give my all to God more than ever before. No family here, Single mom of two, and I lost my job. I didn't regain the use of my walking abilities till 4 months after. I am so very thankful for your generous and non-judgmental assistance. As a college grad, I'd never think I'd be in such need.... May God bless!" - Name Withheld
Kiwanis Club of Manatee and the Crewe of Hernando deSoto annual toy and food drive.
The Knights of Columbus Council #15231 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church donation of $1500.00 for the purchase of Thanksgiving Turkeys.
Distributing Turkeys at the St. Joseph Food Pantry for Thanksgiving.
ITEMS IN NEED!
Saint Joseph Food Pantry Wish List Includes:
Canned Green Beans and Canned Corn
Toiletries – see separate list below*
Cereal and Oatmeal
Peanut Butter & Jelly in plastic containers only
Spaghetti in Boxes and Canned Tomato Sauce (no glass, please)
Macaroni & Cheese in Boxes
Ketchup & Mustard in plastic containers only
Salad Dressing in plastic containers only
Shelf Stable Milk or Dry Milk
*Full size: Shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, single packaged
toothbrushes & toothpaste, bar soap or body wash.
During the cooler months, many of our clients could use clean, gently used or new, blankets or throws. Please, blankets and throws only. NO clothing.
We do NOT accept any fresh or frozen food from donors to be distributed to our clients. Our fresh/frozen food MUST be directly shipped from the stores with which we have professional relationships and/or Feeding Tampa Bay Food Bank. Our policy follows USDA food safety guidelines.
Donations can be delivered to 2704 33RD AVE W Bradenton, FL 34205 Monday thru Friday 9am till noon. Please call (941) 756 3732 or email email@example.com if you have any questions or need to make arrangements for drop off.
Please help by donating today!
CLICK HERE to make a monetary donation.
(You will see the option for the Food Pantry)
Testimonial: "Dearest Patti and the Ladies of the St Joseph Food Pantry, we want to thank you for all you have done to help us in this most difficult fight for life. All of you were so generous to us. We thank God for angels like you." - Name Withheld
YOUR DONATIONS HAVE HELPED!
Thunderroad Classics making an another amazing donation drop off and our blessings are overflowing!
Testimonial: "I just wanted to thank the Parish for its generosity. A few months ago my wife and I hit some hard times. I'm an Army Veteran with 2 combat tours in Iraq. In 2014 my PTSD raged like it had never before. At several times during the year I was totally unable to work which led to a financial crisis in our household. However with careful planning and some luck we have made it through. One of the things that helped us immensely was the food pantry your parish operates. It wasn't a lot or was it often but it got us through and gave us continued hope....May the Lord continue to bless you and the flock you shepherd." - Name Withheld
Tree Lakes Mobile Home Park residents collected over $4,000 to benefit the clients of St. Joseph Food Pantry.
From the bottom of our hearts, Thank You!
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?
Call us at (941) 756 3732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FYI, we are currently seeking drivers to pickup & deliver bread every other Saturday from Publix in the Target Plaza.
We are also needing volunteers to transport donations from the Food Pantry collection boxes located at each entrance of the church after
9 am Mass.