This ministry began 1997 to assist Reverend Lucious Newsom in his ministry to provide food and other necessities to underserved populations of Indianapolis. Lucious passed away in the summer of 2008, but his ministry continues in Indianapolis and at IHM. The ministry is known as The Lord’s Pantry. Contact Info Here
See photos and much more by visiting THE LORD’S PANTRY WEB SITE at www.lordspantry.org.
The primary activity of the ministry is the collection of food from several donor grocery stores, and the transportation of the food to “Anna’s House”, a community center on the near northwest side of Indianapolis. Immaculate Heart helps The Lord’s Pantry with fundraising, sponsorship of needy families at Christmas time as well as gathering school supplies for disadvantaged students. The IHM group meets formally only on occasion, and members alternate every Saturday morning with distribution at “Anna’s House.”
How can I contribute to the Lucious Newsome Ministry (The Lord’s Pantry)?
There are many ways a person or family can participate in helping The Lord’s Pantry. Here are several:
1. Help is needed to distribute food to needy people at Anna’s House on any Saturday morning. Every Saturday morning of the year (Lucious often reminded us often that hunger never takes a holiday!), people from all over the city collect food and bring it to Anna’s House, a community center which is the home of The Lord’s Pantry. Many families volunteer, as this is a great way to introduce kids to service, and young people are welcomed and celebrated at Anna’s House. Anna’s House is located at 303 Elder Street in Indianapolis, a few blocks west of White River Parkway and a few blocks north of Washington St. (Directions to Anna’s House are found at the end of this text.)To help with food distribution, no “appointment” is necessary. Just come to the center at about 9:00 AM on Saturday morning. Help is needed to sort the food which comes in and to pass out the food to people who come to receive it. Many food recipients are elderly, disabled, or have small children, so they need help with their food bags. And sometimes, a friendly smile and a conversation is needed and appreciated as much as the food itself. To help on Saturday at Anna’s House, your hands and your hearts are all you need! If you want to help even more, bring along some food to donate and maybe some plastic grocery bags for putting food in.
2. For IHM middle school students, help on Saturdays can be given as part of a “Lucious Team”. Several IHM 7thand 8th graders have volunteered to be “Lucious Team Captains”. As Captains, the students agree to form a team of 3 to 5 other students and take the team as a group to Anna’s on several Saturdays in a given year. This concept makes for added fellowship for our IHM students while they serve the Lord (and collect service hours!). IHM students who would like to be on a Lucious Team, or be a Team Captain, should contact Nathan Lowe at school, or Youth Minister Joan Lile.
3. The “core” activity of the IHM Lucious ministry is pickup of food donated by grocery stores to be taken to Anna’s House on Saturdays. IHM maintains 6 teams of people that do these food pickups at designated stores, with each team taking its turn once every 6 weeks. Each team consists of 3 team members, who are either individuals or families. A way to be involved is to be part of this rotating team system. While team members are “set” most of the time, the ministry needs a list of those interested in being team members when other team members drop out of the rotation. Also, a person can be listed as a “backup”, taking a regular team member’s place if that team member needs to miss his or her Saturday turn. Please contact Scott Lowe if interested in being a future team member or a backup.
4. Another option for helping is to solicit NEW grocery stores (or other food sources) that are willing to become a supplier of food for the Lucious ministry. Our stores typically provide food that they no longer plan to sell such as outdated bread or produce which is past its prime. We would always accept new food sources to be part of our Saturday pickup route.
5. Direct donations of food are always welcome for the ministry. Donations of certain non-food items such as toiletries and children’s school supplies are also needed. The Lord’s Pantry will also often accept donations of used household appliances that are in good working order. If you have any food or other items you would like to donate, contact Scott Lowe. We can usually arrange to have the food or other items picked up from you and taken to Anna’s House on one of our regular Saturday trips. (Additional note: People often call us with offers to donate used clothing to The Lord’s Pantry. While these offers have the best intentions, The Pantry generally prefers not to receive clothing donations.)
6. Food donations can also be made for the Anna’s House Children’s Pantry. An area of Anna’s House has been set up as a food pantry exclusively for children. It is stocked and operated by youth volunteers and the food there is for children only. Food donations should be things which are nutritious, of course, and which most children would enjoy eating.
7. Cash donations to the Lord’s Pantry are always needed. The Lord’s Pa often uses cash donations to purchase meats, which are not often donated but are sold to Lucious by some stores at reduced prices. Some cash donations help pay for rent or utility bills for people who need it to keep going.
8. Much of the food grown in IHM’s Community Garden is taken to Anna’s House, so helping with the garden is another way to help Lucious. You can learn more about the garden on the Outreach Page of the IHM web site, or by contacting Steve Rose at 255-1706.
9. During the Christmas holiday season, many IHM families choose to adopt a needy family and assist in buying Christmas gifts for that family. This can be done through the Advent Giving Tree, organized by the MOMS group. Contact Jennifer Gause for more information. .
10. The Lord’s Pantry provides a Thanksgiving dinner for needy families. The dinner is served at Anna’s House, and many IHM people have helped to serve this dinner over the years. Others have donated money to help purchase turkeys, hams, and other foods that are served. A number of Indianapolis Colts players, coaches, and staff have also assisted with the Thanksgiving meal in the past.
11. Lucious had a dream of being able to provide medical care to the needy people who come to Anna’s House. As of late 2008, this dream has not yet become a reality. Please let us know if you are a medical professional or know a person in the medical field who would like to help move this dream forward.
Directions from IHM to Anna’s House, home of The Lord’s Pantry:
Take Washington Blvd. south to 46th and turn right.
From 46th Street, Turn left at Capital Avenue.
Take Capital Avenue downtown and turn right on Michigan St.
Drive through IUPUI campus.
At end of campus, turn left onto White River Parkway.
Go to right side of street, turn right before West Side Bait Shop on Vermont.
Go past railroad tracks, and turn left at next street.
Go one block. Across street to right is grassy lot or park on the street. Anna’s house is across the street at 303 Elder Street.