Thank you for providing food for our neighbors!

Our Outreach works to provide food to SVDP Boulevard Place Food pantry at 42nd and Boulevard. This neighborhood is close to our homes and is within the boundaries of the North side parishes that serve this panty. They include IHM, CTK, SJA, STA and St Luke and we are provide over 60% of the food to these people that experience some of the highest food poverty in Marion County. Our food donations feed people that live in neighborhoods by STA, neighborhoods bounded by Keystone Ave and south of 54thstreet to the Fairground and all the down to 32nd street, then all the way west to White River and finally ends north at 96th street behind Nora Target.

Our IHM Outreach is a great way for families, couples or singles to serve together or individually. The activities consist of delivering food to the pantry form the church once a month or handing out bags once a month after one of the masses. Our volunteers pass out bags on the third weekend of each month except during the three food drives when we pass out bags on the first of the month. Also some volunteers pick up donated food at the church and deliver food to the pantry one weekend a month.

Additionally, our IHM junior high students volunteer at the pantry for one hour once, and we schedule parents to transport IHM Junior high students to serve at the pantry and bring any donated food from the school. We hope this provides helpful reminders to remember our food pantry when we are shopping for food. Thank You!

Any questions contact Trinda Metzger at 753-6837 or trindametzger@aol.com.

IHM SCHOOL OUTREACH FOR BOULEVARD PLACE FOOD PANTRY
If you are interested in working with the 7th and 8th graders by driving them to the food pantry during school hours, please contact Meri Weber 331-9336 or meri@techedvise.com.

“Thanks to everyone who support the St. Vincent de Paul Boulevard Place Food Pantry.  We serve families in the St. Thomas, St. Joan of Arc, Christ the King, St. Luke and Immaculate Heart of Mary parishes. These families are your neighbors. Because of your generous support with funds, donations of food and volunteers we have been able to serve approximately 900 families from across the city per month.  This is a huge increase from previous years.  In 2017 Immaculate Heart of Mary contributed 20,555 pounds of food. We also continue to partner with Pike Township schools in the Food Rescue Program to use their overflow of milk, cheese and fruit, etc.  During Lent please consider donating boxed dinners, soups with meat, sugar & flour, baking items, salt & pepper, mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise,  canned fruits, canned meats, shampoo and deodorant.  Because many of our families are walking to the pantry we always are in need of sturdy grocery bags including the cloth totes.

If you would like to visit our pantry, please stop by anytime during hours open: Monday, Wed, Thurs, and Friday from 8:30 – 10:30 am., Sat. 9:00am to noon. Monday and Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The pantry is closed on Tuesdays for deliveries.”

-Cindy Brown & Phyllis McNamara

IHM PARISH SVDP BOULEVARD PLACE FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE:

This outreach has many volunteers who are assigned one weekend a month to deliver donated bags of food from the church to the pantry each week and/or volunteers who are assigned to hand out bags after mass to the parishioners once a month to encourage consistent food donations to support the pantry.  Volunteer time commitment is one Sunday a month for each part of our outreach activity.

1.) DELIVERING COLLECTED IHM FOOD TO PANTRY:
Assigned Sunday of the Month Schedule:  Two Teams of volunteers cover one weekend of each month

First Weekend:  Larry and Mary Dougherty – Trinda and Doug Metzger
Second Weekend:  Laura Walder and Family – Lisa O’Connor and Family
Third Weekend:  Paul Ainslie – Marcia Shields
Fourth Weekend:  Vincent Wehlage – Laura Falcon

Fifth Weekend:  Kathy Shields – Laura Walker  (usually 4 x a year)

Subs: Trinda Metzger, Meri Weber or Karen and Dan McNeil.  Please text me or email Trinda Metzger at trindametzger@aol.com with any conflicts in coverage for bag deliveries.

2.) PASS OUT BAGS AFTER MASSES:
Volunteers scheduled to help pass out bags on 3rd weekend of the month after Mass:
In order to keep the pantry stocked (since over 60% of teh food comes from the five parishes) we pass out bags once a month on the 3rd weekends (Donut Sunday weekend) and early in the month for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Lent/Easter food drives.  Food drives are early in the month of November, December and March.

After Saturday 5:30 PM mass : Joy and Rich Fay  – Laura Walker and family (Lisa O’Connor and family)
After Sunday 8 AM mass: Mary Claire Chapman and family – Andrew Thompson
After Sunday 9:30 AM mass: Lisa O’Connor and family
After Sunday 11:15 AM mass: Larry and Mary Dougherty – Laura Walker and family

*Sometimes the high school Confirmation candidates can help (Sept through April).  **We can always use coverage for all the doors…one or two near Central doors, one near Gathering Space and on by the school parking lot doors.

Subs:  Eileen Johangtes, Trinda Metzger, Meri Weber

3.) VOLUNTEER AT THE FOOD PANTRY:  Monthly IHM parishioners who volunteer to work serving at the food pantry on regular basis during the open hours at the Boulevard Place Food pantry are:
Paul Ainslie, Larry Dougherty, Pat and Katie Gibbons, Mary Ellen Hahn, Mary McClelland, Trinda Metzger, Charles Wiles, Elizabeth Flynn, Karen and Dan McNeil

(If you are serving and are not listed above, please contact Trinda Metzger)

 

IHM School Outreach ST. Thomas Food Pantry


IHM Students deliver food from IHM school as well as serve at the pantry every week. Parents voluteer to drive two junior high students to SVDP Boulevard Place Food pantry to serve for an hour each week on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Questions or volunteer information concerning the IHM School Outreach for SVDP Boulevard Place Food Pantry please contact Meri Weber by e-mailing meri@techedvise.com.

If you would like to volunteer for our IHM Parish Outreach with SVDP Boulevard Place Food Pantry, or get more information concerning our outreach with the food pantry, please contact Trinda Metzger at trindametzger@aol.com or at 753-6837 or Meri Weber at meri@techedvise.com.

Please remember St Thomas food pantry while you are shopping each week!
The most needed items are: spaghetti sauce and pasta, pork and beans, jelly and individual meals! Baking supplies, personal hygiene items and canned meats. All items must be unopened and not require refrigeration.

Pantry hours:
Monday (8:30 am – 10:30 am and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Tuesday (Closed)
Wednesday (8:30 am – 10:30 am and 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm)
Thursday (8:30 am – 10:30 am and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Friday (8:30 am – 10:30 am)
Saturday (9:00 am – Noon)

Background information on SVDP Boulevard Place Food Pantry
SVDP Boulevard Place Food Pantry is supported by the parishes within the defined boundaries for that correlate with the participating parishes, as well as by community and federal grants.
Clients of the Food pantry live between 34th Street and south bank of the White River and between Michigan Road and Keystone Ave. Recipients are allowed to visit the pantry once per month and receive food for 3 days for their particular family size.

The North Deanery Parishes of IHM, Christ the King, St Joan of Arch, St Luke and St Thomas Aquinas support the pantry by donating food, paper products, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies and monthly cash.

Volunteers from IHM Parish and IHM school donate food, transport food to the pantry from church or school and work with the clients at the pantry distributing food.