SSP St. Vincent de Paul & Food Pantry
St. Vincent de Paul Society
& Food Pantry Information
at St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish
The St. Vincent de Paul Society is a group of men and women of the parish who volunteer their time to respond to the various needs of people who live in our neighborhood; these needs include items such as food, utilities, and other basic necessities.
Our parish St. Vincent de Paul group works in conjunction with the St. Vincent de Paul Society of greater St. Louis which states its mission as follows: “We feed, clothe, shelter and heal and help. We help neighbors avoid eviction by helping to seek out sources for rental assistance. We pledge help with utility assistance. We provide vouchers for food, medicine, mattresses, and other basic supplies and discuss community resources that might help a family solve a problem or resolve a serious need. No work of charity is foreign to the Society.”
WHAT WE DO:
1) Helping Clients: Potential clients who live in our parish boundaries are referred to our SVDP conference thru the United Way’s Help Line phone number, 211, or by directly calling the St. Stephen SVDP Help Line (314-289-6101 x1181). Depending on the client’s needs, we will either visit them in their homes or have them meet with us at our Food Pantry location on the 1st or 3rd Saturday of the month to discuss their situation and determine what their needs are and how we might help.
2) Food Pantry: In addition to assisting those in need with utility payments, furniture, etc., we also help to staff, fund and supply the ecumenical St. Trinity/St. Stephen/CCBF Food Pantry at 517 Koeln Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63116. (Google Maps) The pantry is open 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday and has been serving approximately 800 to 900 people per month. Volunteers and food items are always welcome.
3) SVDP Thrift Stores: We also work with the various St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores which provide low cost furniture, beds, clothing and other household items for the poor.
MEETINGS: Meetings are held the First Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the St. Stephen Protomartyr parish rectory.
HOW TO JOIN OR HELP: Contact Jim Prag (President, (314) 504-8216 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to volunteer at the Pantry, also contact Jim Prag.
HOW TO DONATE OR HELP: Food and cash donations can always be made at the parish church. SVDP donation envelopes are available in the rear of Church. Each month that has a 5th Sunday has been designated as “Food Pantry Sunday.” Boxes are available for food donations and all loose monies in the collection baskets that weekend go to our causes.