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New Food Pantry

Fr. Britto's Dream Comes True!

The pandemic caused Social Service Ministry to reimagine the entire food pantry operation in order to comply with the new Covid restrictions. There became many more moving parts with the increased lack of space. Fr. Britto was watching… and the beautiful new facility was built.

There have been many challenges along the way. Father has been involved and supportive through it all. Father has been present on distribution days to watch the operation, to say hello to our clients and thank the many volunteers for putting their faith into action.  

Fr. Britto would like his legacy to be that he deeply cares for the poor. He has dreamt of building us a new space to carry out our mission to feed the hungry. The new garage, which is dedicated to our food pantry, is strong evidence of that. Social Service Ministry and the people we serve are grateful to Fr. Britto for deeply caring about those who are hungry and marginalized.

Saint Mother Teresa once said:

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. At the end of life, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me.’”

Fr. Britto will soon retire and we will miss him. He has taught us many things. With humility and obedience, Father showed us how to live the Gospel and embrace true discipleship. I strongly believe that these things will be a part of his legacy too.

Adrienne Timm

Director of Social Service Ministry

 

 

New Food Pantry Completed! 

Article published March 19, 2021

One of Fr. Britto’s visions for our parish has been to build a new facility for the food pantry. Father has always had a heart for the poor. He understands how important it is that our parish continue to feed the hungry. You can see by the pictures below that his dream has become our reality. Thank you Fr. Britto for remembering the least of our brothers and sisters, and for supporting our outreach to the poor in this generous way.

The new building at the end of the alley will become our new food pantry after the Covid restrictions are lifted. At that time, we will move the food from the current location to the new building. Our clients will again be able to physically go through the pantry and choose their own food with the assistance of our volunteers.

A year ago, my assistant, Lisa Muench, accepted the challenge and together we turned our distribution into the current curbside model. There were a lot of logistics and many moving parts to consider, and many more volunteers were needed to support the new method. Lisa managed the day-to-day details and kept us on track. She never gave up through all the twists and turns. I am grateful for her energy, organizational and people skills, strong work ethic, and heartfelt dedication. 

Currently packed grocery bags are being stored on shelves ready for our curbside distribution at the end of each month.  We continue to provide 4 bags of groceries for 200 food insecure clients who look to our parish for a little help. We give them enough food for a week, which is a huge help especially for the families with children. We could not do this without all the food and monetary donations that have steadily come in through the pandemic. So many of you signed up to help. Thankfully, Mother Teresa and St. Ann Guilds continued to perform their weekly pantry tasks, along with the strong and steady support from Don Sitkiewicz.

With gratitude,

Adrienne Timm

Director of Social Service Ministry

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St. Paul of the Cross

320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068


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