St. Joseph Ministry

ST ELIZABETH / ST JOSEPH FOOD MINISTRY

 


 ST ELIZABETH/ST JOSEPH FOOD MINISTRY
231 N. Lehigh Ave. Wind Gap, Pa 


VOLUNTEER MANAGER---KATHERINE KERLER----610-863-7542 


MISSION
St. Elizabeth/St. Joseph Food Ministry is an outreach program of the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish. 
It provides food, clothing and household goods to lower income senior citizens, families and individuals of the Slate Belt area.

LOCATION
St. Elizabeth/St. Joseph Food Ministry is located in the former St. Joseph Catholic Church at Rt. 512 and Genoga Street in Wind Gap. 
It is not affiliated in any way with the drop-off bins displaying a St. Joseph label in the Weis Market parking lot.

DONATIONS
The ministry receives much of its food from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Second Harvest Food Bank, which serves five counties in NE Pennsylvania. 
However, the ministry is always in need of conventional, easily prepared staple foods such as cereal, pasta and pasta sauce, assorted canned spaghetti products, mac and cheese and rice. 
Also needed are canned soup, vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, condiments and tuna.
Clothing for all ages, as well as house wares such as dishes, glassware, silverware, cookware, small appliances and furniture, all clean and in good condition are gratefully accepted and presented to the families.
(Unfortunately, the ministry is no longer able to accept used television sets, DVD or video tape players, computers or related equipment or mattresses.)

Food items for our parish ministry may be deposited in the basket situated in the church’s gathering space. 
Also, food or other items may be taken to the ministry on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of any month, from 8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 
Additionally, you may call June Gum at 610-863-6603 or Martha Hackman at 610-863-5542 to schedule a convenient drop off. 
Please do not deposit items outside the ministry during off hours. Your cooperation will protect the donated articles from damage by weather or varmints. 

Through the kindness of the building’s owner, the ministry occupies the premises rent free. 
All other operating expenses such as heat, lighting and refrigeration, water and sewer, plumbing and electrical repairs and the purchase of needed additional food must be paid by the ministry. 
Cash contributions are very much appreciated. 
Checks should be made out to
St. Elizabeth/St. Joseph Food Ministry
Cash and checks may be put in the collection basket in an envelope marked with the food ministry’s name. 

IN GRATEFUL APPRECIATION
On a continuing basis for at least the last ten years, St. Elizabeth/St. Joseph Food Ministry has been receiving tremendous support from the parishioners of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Roseto. 
On the first Sunday of each month, members of the Sodality of Mary collect a substantial amount of foodstuffs listed above and deliver it all to the ministry in a completely loaded pick-up truck and car. 
A generous amount of cash is also included. 

VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are welcome at St. Elizabeth/St. Joseph Food Ministry to assist in receiving, stocking and distributing food, clothing, etc., grass cutting and snow clearance.
Please contact June Gum at 610-863-6603 or Martha Hackman at 610-863-5542 to join our group of volunteers.

FOR ASSISTANCE To receive food and other items, Slate Belt residents must register at the ministry on Saturdays of distribution and meet income limits and residency requirements.
Hours of public operation and distribution are 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.
All qualified seniors, families and individuals are very welcome.